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One of Ireland's brightest young footballers has joined Arsenal

Dubliner Katie McCabe has signed for the English heavyweights on a two-year deal from Shelbourne.

ARSENAL HAVE ANNOUNCED the signing of Ireland international Katie McCabe.

The 20-year-old winger joins the north London club, who finished third in England’s top flight and won the FA WSL Cup last season, on a two-year deal from Women’s National League side Shelbourne.

McCabe, the sister of Shamrock Rovers star Gary, has made a name for herself as one of the country’s most talented young footballers at Raheny United and (since their amalgamation) Shels in recent seasons — winning the league and cup double in 2014 and lining out in the Women’s Champions League.

“We are delighted to welcome Katie to the club,” Arsenal manager Pedro Martinez Losa said.

“She is a fantastic young talent, who is full of potential, and I look forward to her continued progress with us in the season ahead.”

Katie McCabe McCabe during her Raheny United days. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

At international level, she has represented Ireland all the way up through the underage system and featured in the U19s team that reached the semi-finals of the European Championships last year.

The Dubliner picked up player-of-the-match in her competitive international senior debut against Finland back in September and provided two assists in the win over Portugal a month later but missed Ireland’s last qualifier due to injury.

After undergoing a medical earlier this month, she joins experienced Ireland team-mate Emma Byrne at the Gunners.

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