Bristol City Women have signed 24-year-old Laura Rafferty on a season-long loan deal from Brighton and Hove Albion.
The Northern Ireland international told bcfc.co.uk: “I’m excited to start a new chapter here at Bristol City. For me the environment at the club is massive and it’s been a tough two years for me, so I’m looking forward to a fresh start.
“I’ve been working really hard throughout pre-season to get myself ready for the start of the season and the opportunity came about for me to get some more football and come to Bristol City, and it was a no brainer.”
Manager Tanya Oxtoby said of her latest signing: “She brings with her a wealth of experience and football knowledge having earned 27 caps for Northern Ireland, as well as plying her trade at Barclays FAWSL level for a number of years.
“We have needed to strengthen at the back given the long-term injuries we sustained last year, and I feel Laura will add real quality and depth to our defensive options and will be another great leader on and off the pitch for our young squad.”