Crystal Palace Women sign Ireland international Abbie Larkin

Abbie Larkin during FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Group B match Australia v Republic of Ireland
Abbie Larkin in action at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. (Keith McInnes / SPP)

Crystal Palace Women have signed 18-year-old Republic of Ireland international forward Abbie Larkin from Glasgow City.

The youngest-ever player to represent the Republic of Ireland at a FIFA World Cup finals, Larkin joins Palace on a contract until 2026.

Larkin told “I’m absolutely buzzing and I can’t wait to get started with the girls.

“The facilities are unbelievable and it’s my dream to play in English football. I’m looking forward to settling into the club and getting closer to the girls, focusing on my football, enjoying it and hopefully developing more as a player.”

Head coach Laura Kaminski added: “We’re delighted to welcome Abbie, a player of enormous talent and potential, to Crystal Palace.

“We feel that she will be an excellent addition to our existing forward options, and we look forward to working with her to further her – and the team’s – exciting development.”

Meanwhile, Palace duo Paige Bailey-Gayle and Lia Cataldo have left the club and signed for FA WNL Northern Premier Division leaders Newcastle United.

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