Sunderland Women have re-signed Rachel Furness as they look to add further experience to the side. The midfielder has returned to the club following spells at Newcastle United Women and Icelandic Premier League side Grindavik.
The Northern Ireland International played in Sundays derby victory, helping Sunderland progress to the last 16 of the Premier League Cup.
"I am always on the lookout for quality players," said Sunderland Manager Mick Mulhern, "And its difficult from both a financial and geographical point of view to attract experienced players, hence the work that goes into developing young players."
"A few years ago Rachel was one of those young players who helped us gain promotion in 2004 before leaving after a couple of injury problems. She had a few years at Newcastle and put those problems behind her and its fair to say she helped Newcastle develop into a solid Northern League team. I tried to sign Rachel a year ago, but things didn't quite work out at the time. Rachel has recently been playing semi-pro in Iceland and I was delighted when she got in touch expressing her interest in returning to Sunderland. She is a strong determined player who I know will be an asset to us this season. Rachel has now got several years of international experience with Northern Ireland and I'm hoping this will help with the progress of the younger players. Its good to have Rachel back where she belongs."
Northern Ireland International re-signs for the Club