Lauren Perry links up with former Blues boss at Forfar

Posted : 21st August 2020

Northern Ireland senior international goalkeeper Lauren Perry has completed a move to Scottish club Forfar Farmington ahead of the new season.

Former Linfield keeper Perry from Ballynahinch who is aged 19 moves to the SWPL 1 club from Blackburn Rovers after a year at the Ewood Park outfit.

Farmington are managed by former Linfield Ladies boss Ryan McConville and links up with fellow Northen Ireland teammates Billie Simpson, Jade Lindsay and Lauren Brennan at Station Park.

Perry could be set to make her competitive debut on the opening day of the season as McConville's troops welcome Motherwell to Station Park on October 18.

The 19 year old boasts five senior caps for the Northen Ireland national team after a player of the match display on her debut against Norway as just a 16 year old in Fredrikstad.

The young shotstopper has also played Champions League football already at such a young age, making her European bow with Linfield in 2017-18 against PK-35 Vantaa of Finland.

She has already won Ulster Women's Player of the Year, NIFWA Women's Football Personality of the Year and NIFL Player of the Year awards during her time at Danske Women's Premiership champions Linfield Ladies where her father Alan is one of the assistant managers.

At Linfield Perry picked up three league titles and a league cup before making her move to the FA Women's Championship to cocoincide with her University studies.

On signing Perry, McConville said “I am delighted to finish off our recruitment drive with such a talented signing, Lauren is a goalkeeper with so much talent and experience for such a young player.”

"She is a fantastic shot stopper and is a real modern day goalkeeper being good with her feet.”

"We have already one of the best GK’s in the country in Fiona McNicoll and a great up and coming keeper in Beth Mowatt."

"Lauren adds to the quality in this department and now our squad has strength and depth all over the park, I can’t wait to welcome her to Station Park.”

On completing her move to Scotland Perry went on to say "I’m really excited about the move, it’s a new environment and I can’t wait to get back to playing football".

"I expect to come up against tough opposition but I can’t wait to take on the new challenge".

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