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Donnelly’s double deal delight

The Rovers boss was thrilled to get both deals over the line

3 October 2019

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Gemma Donnelly was delighted to sign Northern Ireland duo Lauren Perry and Kelsie Burrows from Linfield Ladies.

Lauren Perry adds further competition between the sticks, with Danielle Hill and Fran Stenson already in contention to be Rovers’ number one stopper.

The Northern Ireland international has recently been involved in the Champions League with her hometown club.

“I’m excited to see Lauren,” Donnelly commented.

“There were a couple of clubs interested in her. I’m excited to offer some competition in the goalkeeping department.

“In previous seasons we’ve been really unfortunate with injuries but we’ve always had a strong goalkeeper in place. After losing Dan Gibbo we were able to re-secure the services of Dan Hill.

“She’s been brilliant she’s such a great person to have in and around the camp. And the girls that are coming in will definitely learn from Dan.

“I think we’re in a really fortunate position that we’ll have three quality goalkeepers. It’s a good headache to have.”

Defender Kelsie Burrows, who also has Champions League experience with Linfield, can play at centre-half or at right-back.  

She is captaining Northern Ireland’s U19s during the European Championship Qualifiers this month and Donnelly believes she is exactly the sort of player that Rovers need.

“Kelsie is pacey, technically clever, brave and I think it will offer us something different in terms of the defensive qualities that we currently have.

“She’s a great girl and is excited for the challenge, which offers fantastic competition amongst our defenders.”

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