A general view of Adams Park ahead of kick off Reading Ladies v Yeovil Town Ladies WSL football match, Adams Park stadium, Wycombe, UK - 09 Sep 2018 Photo: Kieran McManus for The FA

Scotland international defender announces Reading departure

Reading defender Sophie Howard has announced that she will be parting ways with the Berkshire club when her contract expires this summer.

The Scotland international joined Reading in 2018 when she moved from German club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim where she made over 60 appearances.

Howard made her announcement on BBC Alba during their coverage of the FLYERALARM Frauen-Bundesliga last night, however, she did not specify where her next destination will be.

Whilst having previously played England and Germany, the country of her birth, Howard also spent three years playing football in Colorado so a move to the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) might not be out of the question.

Despite representing Germany at youth level, Howard opted to commit to the Scotland national team in 2017 and went on to represent The Tartan Army at both the 2017 UEFA Women’s EURO and the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019. Those links north of the border also mean that you can’t rule out a potential move to the Scottish Women’s Premier League where clubs are beginning to turn full-time. Playing in Scotland could help Howard’s opportunities for the national side with the defender being close to national team boss Shelley Kerr.

The news comes after it was confirmed that Reading would be awarded fifth place in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League table for the second┬áconsecutive season. The Royals boss Kelly Chambers will now have a big task in finding a replacement for one of her first choice defenders.

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