Manchester United Ladies have signed Irish defender Diane Caldwell for the remainder of the 2021/22 season.
The 33 12 months outdated spent 2021 taking part in within the NWSL at North Carolina Braveness however has earned 84 caps for Eire.
Caldwell performed in Norway for a number of years at Avaldsnes IL, who play within the Toppserien, the primary tier of Norwegian girls’s soccer.
Right here she helped her facet safe Champions League soccer in her ultimate 12 months on the membership.
She then went on to play in Germany at SC Sand, making 93 appearances for the Bundesliga facet.
Talking of the brand new addition to his squad, Marc Skinner mentioned “Diane joins us as an skilled worldwide defender who will actually add to our again line throughout this second half of the season.”
“She has nice composure and versality, and I’ve little doubt that she will probably be a unbelievable asset to the crew throughout her time right here.”
Picked up on a free switch, regardless of the short-term nature of the contract there might be a brilliant future forward for Caldwell at United.
Skinner believes she’s going to gel nicely with the remainder of the crew including, “Diane can also be an excellent character, I at all times speak about having the proper individuals in the environment, and he or she is the final word skilled who possesses these essential traits and management expertise which is able to assist proceed to develop the unimaginable crew spirit inside this group.”
Caldwell, a lifelong United fan says it’s the dream transfer for her, “In the present day is likely one of the most particular moments in my life to date. As a lifelong United fan, it’s a dream to signal for the membership and it’s an enormous second for me and my household.”
“I’m so grateful to be right here and can put on the badge with a lot pleasure. The crew are in nice kind, taking part in engaging soccer, and Marc is doing a unbelievable job; I simply can’t wait to fulfill everybody and get straight right down to enterprise on the pitch.”
United have been seeking to strengthen in defence throughout this switch window, particularly after Millie Turner’s season was thrown into doubt after issues about an artery in her neck dominated her out of the sport on the weekend.
Diane could get an opportunity to make her debut as early as this weekend when United journey to Bridgwater United within the FA Cup.