Reading Women to reshape squad after six more departures

Reading announce departures
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Reading FC Women are to reshape their squad over the summer, with six more departures taking the total leaving to eight.

Following Fara Williams’ retirement and Angharad James leaving for North Carolina Courage, the long serving duo of Lauren Bruton and Molly Bartrip will also be leaving the Royals.

At the club since 2013 and 2014 respectively, striker Bruton and defender Bartrip both had an extended spell on the side-lines, before returning to action this season.

Norwegian defender Kristine Leine has turned down a contract extension in order to return home and be closer to her family, after almost two years with Reading.

Goalkeeper Erin Nayler joined in time for the start of this campaign but the New Zealander only made one appearance, while Silvana Flores and Molly Childerhouse also move on in search of regular football.

“I am so grateful to all of the players,” Manager Kelly Chambers told readingfc.co.uk. “Some of them have been with us for a very long time, like Lauren and Molly, and their contribution and dedication to the team has been fantastic.

“Each one of them – regardless of if they have made a hundred appearances or were squad players that hadn’t had many minutes – were a huge part of the team and always gave everything, which is all I could ever ask of them.

“This season has been inconsistent for us to say the least, and one we have to learn a lot from. We do have highlights from 2020-21 which include us holding the distinction of being the first side to defeat Manchester United at Leigh Sports Village in over a year. Recruitment has been going on for a while now as I need to make sure that I mould a first team squad capable of pushing us higher in the league. We have traditionally always competed up there and we need to work hard to get back there.”

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