Reading Women sign Ireland international Diane Caldwell

Reading's new signing, Diane Caldwell
Diane Caldwell playing for Manchester United at Reading. (Sam Mallia/SPP)

Reading Women have signed 33-year-old Republic of Ireland international Diane Caldwell after her contract with Manchester United expired.

The defender – who has UEFA Women’s Champions League experience – signed a short term deal with United after a year at North Carolina Courage.

Internationally, she has amassed 87 caps and took the captaincy for the first time at the 2022 Pinatar Cup.

Caldwell told readingfc.co.uk: “I’m excited to really get down to work and get to know everyone better. Kelly [Chambers] had a massive impact on me choosing to come here, I had many great conversations with her before arriving, including what she is looking for me to bring and her objectives for the upcoming season.

“The enthusiasm and faith that she’s shown in me, has meant a lot, when you have a coach who expresses their desire to bring you to a club it instantly makes you feel attached and ready to fight for the shirt.

“Having been here a couple of days now, I’ve been really impressed with everyone’s attitudes in training the work ethic has been excellent, and I cannot wait for the season to begin!”

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