Reading snap up Northern Ireland international duo
Northern Ireland international goalkeeper Jackie Burns and winger Lauren Wade have made moves to Women's Super League side Reading
5 August 2022
The Royals who start their season against newly promoted Liverpool on September 11 have acted swiftly following Burns impressing at Euro 2022.
Burns went into the tournament as a free agent after mutually agreeing her release from a two-year contract at Swedish club BK Hacken that was only signed in March of this year.
Burns came through the ranks at Cookstown Youth and Mid-Ulster Ladies before securing a scholarship with Carson-Newman University in 2016.
In 2017 she was part of the Eagles team that made it to the national championship game in the US for the first time in the university's history.
Burns made her international debut in 2013 at the age of 16 in a friendly against the Netherlands and was the number one as Northern Ireland reached this summers Euro 2022 tournament in England.
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Wade aged 28 makes the move from Glentoran to Reading only the second player to make a transfer from an Irish League club to a WSL club.
Wade has played in Sweden, USA and Scotland before playing in the UEFA Women’s Champions League scoring for Glasgow City against German giants Wolfsburg.
The winger made a positive impact at Euro 2022 against Norway, Austria and England nearly opening the scoring against the eventual winners as she forced a good save from Mary Earps.
It now takes Northern Ireland’s quota in the WSL to four after Rachel Furness won promotion with Liverpool, joining Simone Magill who has moved from Everton to Aston Villa earlier this summer.
The Berkshire Club finished eighth in the WSL last season.