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.
In: Eve Conheady (Peamount United), Chloe Singleton, Shauna Brennan (Galway WFC)
Out: Jessica Hennessy, Melissa O’Kane (both Shamrock Rovers), Chloe Hennigan (Treaty United), Leah Brady (Galway United), Emily Corbet (Wexford Youths)
Re-signed: Gillian Keenan, Laurie Ryan, Roisin Molloy, Kayleigh Shine, Kellie Brennan, Kelsey Munroe,Niamh Coombes, Madie Gibson, Dana Scheriff, Ciara Glackin, Fiona Owens, Scarlett Herron, Lucy Jane Grant, Kate Slevin, Muireann Devane (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, but a number of players signed already 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.
In: Fiona Donnelly, Mia Dodd, Lynn Craven (All DLR Waves)
Out: Abbie Brophy (Wexford Youths), Isobel Finnegan, Freya Roche, Hannah Tobin Jones (All DLR Waves), Annemarie Byrne (Moving to England),
Re-signed: Rachel Doyle, Ciara Maher, Katie Burdis, Rachael Kelly, Lisa Murphy, Erika Burke (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.
In: Erika Manfre (Arrives from America), Jesse Mendez (Treaty United), Faye Ahern (F/A)
Out: Becky Cassin (Emigrated to France), Orlaith Deasy (Wexford Youths)
Re-signed: Zara Foley, Lauren Walsh, Ciara McNamara, Eva Mangan, Kelly Leahy, Danielle Burke, Christina Dring, Laura Shine, Nadine Seward, Aoibhin Donnelly, Abby McCarthy, Hannah Walsh, Chloe Atkinson , Ellie O’Brien, Heidi Mackin, Lauren Singleton, Fiana Bradley, Niamh Cotter (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.
In: Isobel Finnegan, Freya Roche, Hannah Tobin Jones, Oleta Griffin, Bronagh Kane (All Bohemians), Chelsey Spain (St Patrick’s CY FC), Michelle Doonan, Rebecca McMahon (Peamount United), Vanessa Ogbonna (Wexford Youths)
Out: Fiona Donnelly, Mia Dodd, Lynn Craven (Bohemians), Avril Brierley, Carla McManus, Kate Mooney (all Peamount United), Nadine Clare, Sophie Watters, Kerri Letmon (all Shelbourne), Louise Corrigan, Shauna Carroll (Wexford Youths)
Re-signed: Eve Badana, Katie Malone, Jess Gleeson, Aoife Brophy, Joy Ralph, Sarah McKevitt, Nicole Keogh, Rugile Auskalnyte, Neema Nyangasi, Catherine Cronin, Robyn Bolger, Joy Ralph, Amber Cosgrove Eve O’Brien(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.
In: Therese Kinnevey, Abbie Callanan, Eve Dossen, Anna Fahey, Nicole McNamara, Jenna Slattery, Jodie Griffin, Abbiegayle Ronayne, Aoibheann Costello, Kate Thomson , Rola Olusola, Jamie Erickson, Aoife Thompson, Róisín Jacob, Lindsey McKey (All Galway WFC) Leah Brady (Athlone Town), Gemma McGuinness (Sligo Rovers), Amy Madden (Treaty United), Siobhan Doolan (University of Galway WFC)
Re-signed: Under new ownership little has been said on who will join from Galway WFC
The Dugout: Phil Trill is the man tasked with making history as the first senior women’s manager at Galway United, his CV speaks for itself at Galway WFC, he knows the players and the structure and will look to bring the playstyle to Eamonn Deacy Park next year.
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, Trill would certainly want those players to come and sign for Galway United, they have a lot of talented players to pick from in that region.
In: Becky Watkins (Wexford Youths), Carla McManus, Avril Brierley, Kate Mooney (all DLR Waves),
Out: Aine O’Gorman, Summer Lawless, Alannah McEvoy, Stephanie Roche, Aoibhe Fleming, Lauren Kelly (all Shamrock Rovers), Michelle Doonan (DLR Waves), Eve Conheady (Athlone Town), Rebecca McMahon (DLR Waves)
Re-signed: Karen Duggan, Niamh Reid-Burke, Jetta Berrill, Erin McLaughlin, Tara O’Hanlon, Chloe Moloney, Dora Gorman, Lucy McCartan, Dearbhaile Beirne, Ellen Dolan, Jess Fitzgerald, Niamh Richardson, Lauryn O’Callaghan, Orlagh Fitzpatrick , Rachel McGrath, Louise Masterson, Sarah Power, Sadhbh Doyle (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 has followed along with a number of others.. 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.
In: Aine O’Gorman, Summer Lawless, Alannah McEvoy, Stephanie Roche, Aoibhe Fleming, Lauren Kelly (All Peamount United), Jessica Hennessy, Melissa O’Kane (Athlone Town), Maria Reynolds, Abby Tuthill, Jaime Thompson, Orlaith O’Mahony (Academy), Abbie Larkin, Lia O’Leary, Amanda Budden, Jess Gargan, Shauna Fox, Aoife Kelly (Shelbourne), Chloe McCarthy (DLR Waves), Savannah McCarthy (Galway WFC), Chloe McCarthy (F/A)
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.
In: Nadine Clare, Sophie Watters, Kerri Letmon (All DLR Waves)
Out: Abbie Larkin, Lia O’Leary, Amanda Budden, Jess Gargan, Shauna Fox, Aoife Kelly (Shamrock Rovers)
Re-signed: Jessie Stapleton (Signing for West Ham in February, moving after completing Leaving Cert), Pearl Slattery, Rachel Graham, Jemma Quinn, Keeva Keenan, Taylor White, Alex Kavanagh Jessie Stapleton, Noelle Murray, Megan Smyth Lynch, Leah Doyle, Kate O’Dowd, Courtney Maguire (2023)
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.
In: Kerri Loughrey, Jodie Loughrey (Donegal Women), Casey Howe (Glentoran)
Out: Gemma McGuinness (Galway United)
Re-signed: Lauren Boles, Ruth Monaghan, Kerri O’Hara, Leah Kelly, Jessica Casey, Katie Melly, Amy Mahon, Lauren McLellan, Amy Hyndman, Sarah Kiernan, Emma Doherty, Kate Nugent, Ciara Henry, Amy Roddy, Helen Monaghan, Aife Haran, Alice Lillie, Orna O’Dowd, Aoife Brennan, Anais Coyne, Emma Hansberry (2023)
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.
In: Kate Foley (CK United), Anne-Marie Ulliac (Bishop’s University Gaiters), Ruth McDonnell (Bray Wanderers), Ciara McCormack (F/A), Ciara McDonnell (Bray Wanderers), Chloe Hennigan (Athlone Town), Katie Lawlee (Signed from Academy), Jacqueline Reynaud (University of Saskatchewan Huskies)
Out: Jesse Mendez (Cork City), Amy Madden (Galway United)
Re-signed: Grace McInerney, Kelsey Wing, Shauna Pearson, Héidí O’Sullivan, Alannah Mitchell, Esra Kangal, Niamh O’Byrne, Rosie Young, Emma Costelloe, Emma Deegan, Naoise Griffin, Aoife Mulkern (2023)
The Dugout: Former League of Ireland player Alban Hysa has been appointed to the senior head coach role within the club. He was the U19 Peamount Manager in recent seasons and breaks a wealth of experience in the women’s game to the club. He will be eager to build on the squad from last season which had some exciting young players.
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.
In: Abbie Brophy (Bohemians), Orlaith Deasy (Cork City), Emily Corbet (Athlone Town), Louise Corrigan, Shauna Carroll (DLR Waves), Rianna Jarrett (London City Lionesses)
Out: Becky Watkins (Peamount United), Vanessa Ogbonna (DLR Waves)
Re-signed: Ciara Rossiter, Aoibheann Clancy, Lauren Dwyer, Edel Kennedy, Orlaith Conlon, Kylie Murphy, Maeve Williams, Meadbh Russel, Ellen Molloy, Siun Murdiff, Freya De Mange, Emma Walker, Grace Fitzpatrick-Ryan, Michaela Lawrence, Aine Walsh, Ceola Bergin, Mia Lenihan, Jess Lawler, Nicola Sinnott (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.