Sunderland Women sign Scotland international Brianna Westrup

Sunderland's new signing, Brianna Westrup
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Sunderland Women have signed 25-year-old Scotland international centre-back Brianna Westrup after her two-year spell at Rangers.

Westrup goes straight into Mel Reay’s squad for their final pre-season friendly on Sunday against Nottingham Forest at Eppleton.

The former Newcastle United player told “I’m absolutely delighted to sign here and I’m really excited to be back in the North East.

“I left in 2020 to join Rangers, and we had a really successful season last year as we won the league for the first time. I feel that it’s the right time now to find a new challenge.

“I’m looking forward to bringing more experience to the squad – it’s always great to see the potential develop of younger players, too, and I’m excited to work with them. I’ve heard great things about Mel and Steph for a number of years – they’re a great partnership, and I’m looking forward to being a part of the project here.”

General Manager Alex Clark said: “Brianna fits the profile of the other four players we have brought in the summer – great experience, a good leader, and an international who has played at a high level.

“We were looking to recruit in the centre of defence, an area we felt we were a little light in following Abby Towers’ knee injury. Last season we operated with an average squad age of 21 – the average squad age in the Championship is 24 – so it was vital we brought in the experience that we have done.”

Women’s pre-season friendlies for 13 & 14 August

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