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Good news for Irish star as Notts County players allowed to join new clubs

Louise Quinn and others were left in limbo following news that the club’s women’s team was liquidated.

The Notts County Ladies players have been granted permission to join other clubs.
The Notts County Ladies players have been granted permission to join other clubs.

THERE WAS GOOD news tonight for Irish international Louise Quinn and her Notts County teammates following a difficult few days.

It was announced on Friday that the club’s women’s team had folded just days before they were due to open their Women’s Super League One Spring Series campaign, with Quinn last week telling The42 that the news had come as a “massive shock,” leaving its players jobless and facing uncertain futures.

There was concern particularly given that the team’s English internationals, Carly Telford, Jo Potter, Laura Bassett and Jade Moore, are set to be part of their country’s squad for Euro 2017 this summer.

Yet widespread relief greeted today’s confirmation from the Football Association that the Notts County players would be granted permission to move to other English clubs “with immediate effect”.

The statement continued: “Following Notts County’s decision last week to terminate its women’s team, the FA has worked closely with the PFA and wider stakeholders to enable players to find new clubs as soon as possible.

“Players are now in a position to sign for new clubs in England. They may also move to leagues in other countries where the transfer window is open.”

In a separate statement, the Professional Footballers’ Association added: “We have also been in discussions with the FA and FAWSL to ensure that players can register with other clubs outside of the transfer window given the exceptional circumstances the players find themselves in due to no fault of their own.”

In a reference to the current debacle as well as the recent well-documented controversy within the Irish set-up, Quinn this evening tweeted: “Yes! Allowed to play again! Great work from the @PFA here. All the PFA’s having mine and my teammates backs lately.”

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