13 May 2011
SUNDERLAND Women midfielder Rachel Furness has joined Super League side Lincoln on loan.

But the 22-year-old will be back at Sunderland in time for the start of next season's Premier League campaign when the Lady Black Cats will aim to defend their title.

"I'll monitor Rachel's progress while she is at Lincoln," said Sunderland manager Mick Mulhern. "Hopefully she will come back fighting fit."

Furness takes the tally of Sunderland players, past and present, now playing in the Super League to eight. She follows in the footsteps of Jill Scott, Steph Houghton, Carly Telford, Jordan Nobbs, Helen Alderson, Lucy Bronze and Lucy Staniforth.

Furness joins Lincoln on loan
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Neil Watson - Sunderland Echo