Womens National League Transfer Tracker

Keep up to date with all the player movements in the SSE Airtricity Women’s League, as the 11 clubs assemble their squads for 2023.

Athlone Town

In: None

Out: None

Re-signed: Gillian Keenan, Laurie Ryan, Roisin Molloy, Kayleigh Shine, Kellie Brennan, Kelsey Munroe, Melissa O’Kane, Niamh Coombes, Madie Gibson, Dana Scheriff, Ciara Glackin, Fiona Owens (2023)

The Dugout: Tommy Hewitt will return to the Athlone set up next year after guiding them to the Cup Final, he has been the head coach since their early days in the league and will look to keep them as a title contender next season.

Rumours: The rumour mill was there that Athlone might have been picked clean after their showing in 2022, Laurie Ryan remains at the club as club captain, while Emily Corbet and Muireann Devaney have Scholarships in University of Galway, this might leave them open to an approach from whatever new manager comes into Galway. A delayed appointment strengthens Athlone’s chances of retaining the players, their initial signings could all have been solid targets for other clubs so it’s a great start for them but until their players currently living and studying in Galway are signed on the dotted line, their fans will be nervous.

Bohemians

In: None

Out: Isobel Finnegan (DLR Waves), Annemarie Byrne (Moving to England)

Re-signed: Rachel Doyle, Ciara Maher, Katie Burdis, Rachael Kelly, Lisa Murphy (2023)

The Dugout: Sean Byrne looks set to remain as the manager for Bohemians in 2023, little has been announced on the management team for next season but it looks to be in situ that no changes will be made

Rumours: With Shamrock Rovers now in the league as a dark horse, can Bohemians hold onto a lot of their squad or recruit some new names, Abbie Brophy and Erica Burke were key up-front last year and will attract attention, while Rachel Kelly in nets was outstanding and will too attract interest for those in need of a number 1, until they have players announced it’s a nervous wait for the Bohs faithful.

Cork City

In: Erika Manfre (Arrives from America)

Out: Becky Cassin (Emigrated to France)

Re-signed: Zara Foley, Lauren Walsh, Ciara McNamara, Eva Mangan, Kelly Leahy, Danielle Burke, Christina Dring, Laura Shine, Nadine Seward, Aoibhin Donnelly (2023)

The Dugout: Danny Murphy was re-signed very quickly as the Rebel Army are looking to be a strong force again in the league, Murphy will look to use the off season as a guide for how he wants the side to look come the 2023 season.

Rumours: With a very young team they will aim to try and keep these players to have for the next season, Foley and Walsh are just two players that can attract attention from other clubs, Cassin moving away is a huge blow but with a good underage set up, Manfre looks an exciting addition for Cork as they hope to be competitive again once the season rolls around.

DLR Waves

In: Isobel Finnegan (Bohemians)

Out: Avril Brierley, Carla McManus

Re-signed: Eve Badana, Mia Dodd, Katie Malone, Kate Mooney, Jess Gleeson, Sophie Watters, Aoife Brophy, Joy Ralph, Lynn Craven, Sarah McKevitt, Nadine Clare, Nicole Keogh, Rugile Auskalnyte, Kerri Letmon (2023)

The Dugout: Laura Heffernan has been appointed Assistant Manager to Graham Kelly to help strengthen the Waves First Team squad for the new 2023 season, working with the U19s over the past 2 seasons Heffernan has seen a youthful Waves team flourish, she also has won the league in a managerial role with Youths, a strong addition for the Waves management line up

Rumours: Waves have been quick to tie down some first team regulars on their books, Eve Badana is one of the standout keepers in the league and would certainly have interest both home and abroad. While Katie Malone and Kate Mooney are key in their attack, whether they sign from elsewhere remains to be seen as a large chunk of their players are academy graduates.

Galway United

In: None

Out: Chloe Moloney (Peamount United)

Re-signed: Under new ownership little has been said on who will join from Galway WFC

The Dugout: Another question surrounds who will be in the dugout next year as Galway manager, there are plenty of Galway based coaches who are potential appointments for the role, with Billy Clery, Alan Murphy, Don O’Riordan and Stephen Lally all names touted for the role. An agreement is close, with an expected announcement to be made shortly and most likely from within that grouping, University of Galway manager Clery looks to be the front runner.

Rumours: Now under new ownership, the question is will Galway spend big to bring in some well-known players or use a large chunk of the talent from Galway WFC this season, with a lot of quality players currently studying in Galway, should Clery get the job he would certainly want those players to come and sign for Galway United, for whoever gets the role as Manager they have a lot of talented players to pick from in that region.

Peamount United

In: Chloe Moloney (Galway WFC)

Out: Aine O’Gorman, Summer Lawless Alannah McEvoy (all Shamrock Rovers)

Re-signed: Karen Duggan, Niamh Reid-Burke, Jetta Berrill, Erin McLaughlin, Tara O’Hanlon 2023)

The Dugout: James O’Callaghan has returned to the dugout for next season, rumours were he may not have come back but for the Pea’s having one of the league’s most successful managers at the helm is a huge plus going into next season.

Rumours: With Karen Duggan signed on, that squashes any rumour of her moving to Shamrock Rovers, Aine O’Gorman has left the club for the Tallaght outfit, while Stephanie Roche will make no decision on her future until after her return from honeymoon. They will hope to keep a lot of their squad and bring in some new players to see them challenge for the title next season.

Shamrock Rovers

In: Aine O’Gorman (Peamount United), Summer Lawless (Peamount United), Alannah McEvoy (Peamount United)

Out: None

Re-signed: None

The Dugout: Collie O’Neill is tasked with bringing glory to Tallaght next season, as Shamrock Rovers make their long-awaited return to the league, having not been involved since departing back in 2014, little is known of the budget O’Neill will have but a vastly experienced coach will bring a lot to the league next year.

Rumours: The shopping list for Rovers could be fairly long if the rumours are to be believed, O’Neill’s Christmas wish list includes Aine O’Gorman and Amanda Budden, O’Gorman has been confirmed while the net minder is rumoured to be a done deal, plenty more well-known names will be linked with the side as many are yet to be signed on, with a youth structure that has players like Maria Reynolds and Abby Tuthill waiting to get minutes.

Shelbourne

In: None

Out: None

Re-signed: Jessie Stapleton (Signing for West Ham in February, moving after completing Leaving Cert)

The Dugout: Noel King looks to return next season and defend the league title once more, with Shels looking for three titles in a row, not confirmed yet whether King will return or bow out on a famous season for the club, but if he returns it will be a huge boost for them to have someone of his presence on the side line.

Rumours: One of the biggest rumours to come out of Shelbourne is the departure of goalkeeper Amanda Budden to Shamrock Rovers, the deal is far from confirmed but the strong links could see Shels needing a keeper to come in, Amanda McQuillan and Katie Keane are both waiting to take the jersey if Budden leaves, but plenty of other names are in the league should they need backup.

Sligo Rovers

In: None

Out: None

Re-signed: None

The Dugout: Steve Feeney will hope to make Sligo more of a competitive outfit having struggled in their debut season in the league in 2022, plenty of quality players at his disposal a link with Everton could see the club bring in some talent from England to help.

Rumours: No players are yet to be signed on just yet, underage prospect Emma Doherty appears to be secured with a scholarship in ATU, the other Donegal contingent, Amy Boyle Carr & Gemma McGuinness in particular, are unlikely to fancy the added distance if alternative clubs come knocking, with Finn Harps now having a U19 team it may take from the underage set up in Sligo, with a senior side potentially in the future it could take from their recruitment, Sligo will hope they can recruit enough quality to start next season like they did this year or they may slip like the second half of the year.

Treaty United

In: None

Out: None

Re-signed: None

The Dugout: With Don O’Riordan having left the post as manager of Treaty, the seat in the dugout remains vacant as no name has yet been announced with the deadline passed on applications, plenty of high-quality coaches are on Shannonside with the ambition to have the Women’s team provide a route to WNL football for the district.

Rumours: Hanging on to their top players will be the aim for Treaty, but young stars of the future seems to be where they are flourishing at the moment, player of the year Cara Griffin is exciting to watch and brings great threat in attack, while the Mendez sisters Alix and Jesse have been a foundation the team, young players like Héidí O’Sullivan are the future of the team.

Wexford Youths

In: None

Out: None

Re-signed: Ciara Rossiter (2023)

The Dugout: After a disappointing end to the season which saw the league title slip from their grasp on the final day, Stephen Quinn will hope he can continue as Youths manager having done a tremendous role at the club since joining in 2021.

Rumours: Wexford have a very competitive squad full of talent, keeping these players away from other clubs will be crucial, Ellen Molloy was in inspired form this season in front of goal, injury at the end of the season came at a tough time for her, while Aoibheann Clancy and Della Doherty are just some exciting players they hope to keep, recruitment could help strengthen areas left exposed after last season.

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