Saoirse Noonan is staying in the National Women’s League until at least the summer after Durham agreed to allow her to re-sign for Shelbourne.
The Irish international striker (22) agreed a deal six weeks ago with the English Championship side after helping Shelbourne win the title in November.
However, she soon suffered a knee injury – which kept her out of Ireland’s recent Pinatar Cup friendlies – and the Cork native temporarily returned to Ireland ahead of kick-off. of the Women’s National League this weekend.
“Shortly after arriving in England in January, the Republic of Ireland international suffered a knee injury during training,” said a statement from Durham, released on Wednesday evening.
âDurham Women immediately arranged a scan and diagnosis, and no surgery was required.
“Since then, Noonan has been undergoing rehabilitation in Ireland while flying to England for further medical support from the club’s multi-disciplinary team.
“As she continues her return from injury, Noonan will check in with Shelbourne in Ireland before returning to Durham for the 2022/23 season.”
Noonan opted to focus solely on football last year after successfully juggling her commitments with Cork Ladies GAA, for whom she played in two All-Ireland finals.
She marked her second international cap by scoring her first senior international goal in Georgia’s 11-0 thrashing last November at Tallaght Stadium.