O'Hanlon: "I felt I was ready to try and make the step up." Manchester City FC
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Ireland international Tara O'Hanlon seals WSL move to Man City

Megan Campbell and Abbie Larkin complete deadline-day moves to London City Lionesses and Crystal Palace.


IRELAND INTERNATIONAL TARA O’Hanlon has sealed a move to the Women’s Super League after inking a long-term deal with Manchester City.

The 18-year-old defender, who was a key part of Peamount United’s Women’s National League title success last season, joins City on a three-and-a-half year deal.

“After winning the league with Peamount, I felt I was ready to try and make the step up to the WSL,” the Dubliner said on Wednesday.

“I’m young, so hopefully I can come in and work hard over the next couple of months. I will do my best to try and earn a place in the team.”

O’Hanlon’s Ireland team-mate Megan Campbell was also on the move on transfer deadline day, joining London City Lionesses on an 18-month contract.

Campbell, 30, makes the move to the English Championship following the end of her contract at Everton.

Meanwhile, Abbie Larkin has ended a brief spell with Glasgow City to sign for Championship side Crystal Palace. 

Larkin shot to fame last summer, when, at the age of 18, she became the youngest player to represent Ireland at a World Cup. Larkin was at Shamrock Rovers at the time of the World Cup, joining them at the start of 2023 in a contentious move from Shelbourne. 

Larkin then left Rovers for Glasgow City after the World Cup, but she has now moved south to join Palace, currently fifth in England’s second tier, albeit five points off the top with a game in hand. 

She links up with fellow Irish internationals Hayley Nolan and Izzy Atkinson, another January arrival, at the London club. 

On her arrival, Larkin said, “I’m absolutely buzzing and I can’t wait to get started with the girls.

“The facilities are unbelievable and it’s my dream to play in English football. I’m looking forward to settling into the club and getting closer to the girls, focusing on my football, enjoying it and hopefully developing more as a player.”

Head coach Laura Kaminski added, “We’re delighted to welcome Abbie, a player of enormous talent and potential, to Crystal Palace.

“We feel that she will be an excellent addition to our existing forward options, and we look forward to working with her to further her – and the team’s – exciting development.”

– Additional reporting by Niall Kelly

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