Players in action Crystal Palace Women v Coventry United Ladies, Women's Championship football match, Hayes Lane, Bromley, UK - 18 Aug 2019 Photo: Kate Green for The FA

Northern Ireland international defender leaves Crystal Palace

Northern Ireland international defender Freya Holdaway has left FA Women’s Championship club Crystal Palace according to reports on the South London club’s official website.

The 31-year-old Llandrindod Wells-born defender has spent the last six years with the South London club, helping The Eagles establish themselves in the second tier of the women’s game in the last two seasons.

Crystal Palace have today announced that the twice-crowned promotion-winner has left the club with manager Dean Davenport having faced a difficult conversation with Holdaway over her future.

During her time with Palace, Holdaway was selected as club captain while she also won a first senior international call-up to the Northern Ireland side. The defender started 13 matches for Crystal Palace in their first season in the FA Women’s Championship while she followed that record up by adding six further outings to her tally in 2019/2020 as The Eagles again ensured their survival.

After spending her youth within the Arsenal youth system, Holdaway moved to the United States to combine both her football and studies. The defender represented Marshall University for three years between 2008 and 2011. In 2014, following a three-year break from the game, Holdaway joined Crystal Palace and she has enjoyed a hugely successful spell in South London.

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