Sophie Harris of Brighton and Hove Albion Women throws the ball out Bristol City Women v Brighton and Hove Albion Women WSL football match, Stoke Gifford Stadium, Bristol, UK - 10 Feb 2019 Photo: Kieran McManus for The FA

Rookettes agree to loan Brighton & Hove Albion keeper

FA Women’s Championship club Lewes have agreed a deal to loan Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Sophie Harris until the end of the season.

The 25-year-old Lincoln-born stopper currently sits behind Megan Walsh and Norwegian international Cecilie Fiskerstrand in the goalkeeping rankings at the Sussex club.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s neighbours Lewes announced earlier today that Harris would be joining the club on loan for the remainder of the season. The player could go straight into The Rookettes’ squad for Sunday’s Women’s FA Cup fourth round tie against Billericay Town at The Dripping Pan.

Harris spent her youth on the books of both Lincoln City and Arsenal before going on to appear for The Gunners at first team level. A shoulder injury hampered her chances of progression with the North Londoners and the keeper moved on to London Bees in 2014 where she went on to spend four years of her career.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Hope Powell came calling for Harris’ services in summer 2018 and the player has been with the FA Women’s Super League club ever since.

The keeper has made just six appearances for Albion this season and The Seagulls boss Powell has therefore been keen to allow Harris to experience more first team football away from the club.

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