Kerys Harrop of Birmingham City Women West Ham United Women v Birmingham City Women WSL football match, Rush Green Stadium, London, UK - 15 Sep 2019 Photo: Joe Toth for The FA

Former Birmingham City defender joins Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur have made their first signing of the summer, securing the signature of Kerys Harrop on a two-year deal according to reports on the club’s official website.

The defender joins Spurs after 20 years at Birmingham City where she played 194 times at first team level, finishing second in the FA Women’s Super League 1 twice and playing in two Women’s FA Cup finals, winning one. Last season, she made 10 appearances in all competitions for Birmingham City. Harrop was made club captain in 2017
and her experience will bolster the Spurs back four after the retirement of Jenna Schillaci.

Harrop has represented the England national team at Under-19 level and Under-23 levels, winning the UEFA Women’s Championship with both age groups. She was a member of the Great Britain team who won a Gold Medal in Kazan at the 2013 World University Games.

Alongside her playing career, Harrop has lectured in anatomy and physiology at the University ofWolverhampton.

After completing her move, Harrop told Spurs’ official media sources “Coming to Spurs is a very exciting challenge for me and I know that the club are heading in a positive direction.

“I want to continue to develop as a player under the management of Karen and Juan, and give my all to the club both on and off the pitch.

“Having previously played in FA Cup finals and in the Champions League, I want to experience that
again and I’m hopeful of doing that here at Spurs.”

Harrop will wear the number five shirt at Spurs in the 2020/2021 season.

By Sian Wallis (@Sian_Wallis)

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