General view of the Amex Stadium. Brighton and Hove Albion Women v Arsenal Women WSL football match, Amex Stadium, Brighton, UK - 28 Apr 2019 Photo: Kunjan Malde for The FA

Republic of Ireland international goal machine joins Brighton & Hove Albion

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Hope Powell has added Republic of Ireland international striker Rianna Jarrett to her squad according to The Seagulls’ official website.

The 25-year-old Wexford-born hotshot has netted almost a century of goals in the Irish Women’s National League with Wexford Youths while she has twice been crowned the club’s Player of the Year.

Jarrett will now test herself in the professional game with FA Women’s Super League side Brighton & Hove Albion. The Seagulls have managed just nine goals in 13 league games so far this season and manager Powell will be hoping that her new striker will net the goals required to move her side away from the relegation zone.

As well as her time tearing up opposition defences in Ireland, Jarrett also has experience playing in the United States. The player represented college side the UT Martin Skyhawks as part of an athletic scholarship in 2014. Her time playing overseas was only brief with serious injury forcing Jarrett to return to Ireland where she later rejoined Wexford Youths for a second spell, four years after initially starting her career with the club.

Brighton & Hove Albion must wait for international clearance before handing Jarrett her debut, meaning that the player is unlikely to be available to face Aston Villa in the Women’s FA Cup fourth round on Sunday.

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