Sunderland AFC Ladies defender leaves due to medical reasons

Illness ends Courtney Stewart's Sunderland career
Photo: Colin Lock

Courtney Stewart has left FA Women’s National League side Sunderland after ongoing problems caused her to collapse in last Sunday’s game at Barnsley.

As a result, the club, the 19-year-old and her family have mutually agreed to part ways due to the issue persisting.

The defender had the following to say to safc.com about her time with the club: “I’ve loved every second of being part of Sunderland AFC Ladies. I’m going to miss all of the girls and staff so much.

But my health is the priority and although I’m absolutely devastated, I’ll be supporting the girls throughout the season and following their journey back to the top.”

Manager Melanie Reay added: “We have had a conversation with Courtney and mutually decided she needs to take a step back from football to resolve her health issue.

“I would like to thank Courtney for all her contribution to SAFC Ladies and wish her all the best in her future.”

FA WNL fixtures for Sunday 20 October