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Ireland star returns from overseas as welcome addition to Cork City WFC

Clare Shine makes the move back to the Women’s National League from Glasgow City FC.

Clare Shine.
Clare Shine.
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IRELAND INTERNATIONAL CLARE Shine has returned to Cork City WFC for the 2017 season.

The Cork native makes the move home from Scottish club champions Glasgow City FC, whom she joined in May 2015.

The 21-year-old enjoyed many successes with the club, and most notably played a key role in the 2015 Scottish Women’s Cup Final, scoring a hat-trick as Glasgow won 3-0.

Shine lined out for Raheny United in the debut season of the Women’s National League. In 2013, they won the league and cup double, before competing in the UEFA Women’s Champions League where she scored four goals.

She’s come through the Ireland underage ranks and in November 2015, she made her senior international debut, coming on as a second half substitute against Spain. She was recently in Colin Bell’s squad that travelled to the Cyprus Cup.

“I’m delighted to sign with Cork City Women’s FC,” Shine told the Cork City WFC Official website. “I’m really looking forward to the season ahead, the club has come on massively.”

“We are delighted to welcome Clare Shine back to Cork City WFC. This is a key signing for us and shows our progress as a club,” manager Frank Kelleher said of the move.

“Clare is one of the most talented players in the country and has a great future in the game. Returning to her native club is fantastic, as she had other clubs looking to sign her. Clare brings huge experience to our club.

“Already in training we see her professional approach, raising the standards in training, talking to the younger players, leading by example.”

Also a talented camogie player, it is understood that Shine will now balance the two sports. Cork camogie confirmed to The42 that Shine is part of the set-up this year.

Cork City WFC face defending champions Shelbourne in their Women’s National League opener tomorrow night.

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