Leicester City FC’s parent company has completed the acquisition of the formerly independent club and transferred it’s FA Women’s Championship licence.
General Manager Jade Morgan, Team Manager Jonathan Morgan, 12 members of the playing squad and a number of key support staff will be retained from the previous setup, which will now go full-time.
Many new signings were also announced; former Reading trio Remi Allen, Sophie Howard and Millie Farrow, ex-Everton duo Kirstie Levell and Hannah Cain, Esmee de Graaf and Ruesha Littlejohn from West Ham, Samantha Tierney, Sophie Barker and Olivia Fergusson from Sheffield United, plus Natasha Flint from Blackburn Rovers.
Former LCWFC chairman Rohan Morgan will become an advisor to an LCFC Women’s Football Leadership Group, led by Chief Executive Susan Whelan.
Russ Fraser has been appointed to the position of Head of Women’s Football and will develop a strategy to build interest in the women’s game locally, as well as creating a defined development pathway.
Leicester City Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha told lcfc.com: “This is really proud day. The introduction of a women’s team embedded within the club has been an ambition of ours for some time and today it can start to be realised.
“Exactly 10 years on from King Power first arriving in Leicester, this is a significant expansion in our vision for the club – both in terms of diversification and our dedication to football for all; and in our ongoing commitment to excellence in every one of the club’s pursuits.”
Rohan Morgan said: “For many years now, we have proudly represented Leicester City in the women’s game and tried to build an organisation with solid foundations, high standards and the potential for growth. Officially joining the Leicester City family is the best possible endorsement of that work and I’m extremely proud of every player, member of staff and volunteer – several of whom will be continuing the journey with us – that has helped bring us to this point.”
Jonathan Morgan told LCFC TV: “It’s a brilliant feeling, It’s something we’ve been working hard towards behind the scenes for the last few years.
“To finally get the opportunity to come in-house and to be a full-time setup within Leicester City – my home city, home club – I can’t ask for much more as a football coach to be honest.
“There was a lot of work between us and Leicester City and we always had the plan that we wanted to build a sustainable core group of girls.”