The talented, 19 year old has already enjoyed significant success since graduating from Sunderlands Centre of Excellence and later joining the senior ranks. She helped Sunderland to Premier League promotion and to the FA Women's Cup Final in 2009, where she was awarded player of the match. Lucy returned to the club after a spell in America attending the University of North Carolina and on the international stage, she has won the European Championships with England U-19s and represented England at U-15s, U-17s, U-19s and U-23 level.
Last week Lucy played the full 90 minutes for Everton Ladies in the Champions League quarter-final against Duisburg and is now looking forward to playing Liverpool in their first Super League match on the 14th April.
Lucy has been with us since the age of 10. said Sunderland manger Mick Mulhern. I recommended Lucy to England at a relatively young age and she developed quickly as a player both for Sunderland and the junior England age groups. Lucy always played well for the club and was outstanding on her full debut against Everton a few years ago. She was influential due to her effort and dedication every time she pulled on a Sunderland shirt and took every game in her stride.
Obviously Lucy's departure is mixed with a tinge of sadness, as I would have loved to have taken a Sunderland squad into the Super League with the likes of Lucy, Jordan Nobbs, Lucy Staniforth and Helen Alderson. However that's not going to happen, so obviously along with others who have left, I would like to pass on my very best wishes to Lucy. She joins another of our former players in Jill Scott, at one of the best teams in the country and I have no doubt Lucy will represent the senior England team in the not too distant future.