Coral-Jade Haines of Tottenham Hotspur Ladies Lewes Women v Tottenham Hotspur Ladies FA Women's Championship football match, The Dripping Pan Stadium, Lewes, UK - 14 Oct 2018 Photo: Robin Parker for The FA

Crystal Palace confirm impressive addition of former Spurs midfielder

Crystal Palace have signed attacking midfielder Coral-Jade Haines ahead of the new season according to reports on The Eagles’ official website.

The player joins Palace after leaving Barclays FA Women’s Super League club Tottenham Hotspur earlier this summer.

Haines came through the Birmingham City Centre of Excellence and made her top flight debut in 2013 at the age of 16. Later that year, she played in the UEFA Women’s Champions League as Birmingham City made it all the way to the semi-finals.

In 2017, Haines was loaned to Tottenham Hotspur and she signed for the North Londoners on a permanent basis the following season. In the 2018/2019 season, the attacking midfielder became integral to the success of the team who
secured promotion to the Barclays FA Women’s Super League. The promotion seemed to come a season early for Haines who struggled for game time last season, making only three appearances in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League. Hopefully, a return to the FA Women’s Championship will allow her to rediscover that form and push on from there. Haines has also represented England at Under-19 level.

On joining The Eagles, Haines told the club’s official media sources “The club has the drive and tools to do well in the Championship this year.

“The coaches have implemented a learning environment – their attention to the technical detail is the best I have experienced for a long time.

“I’ve learnt a few things already and I can’t wait to add more to my game and hopefully help the club have a successful year.”

Manager Dean Davenport added “At just 24, it is remarkable the amount of experience Coral-Jade already has and arriving with Champions League appearances under her belt will inspire the squad with similar aspirations.

“The early signs in training are good; she has slotted in well.”

By Sian Wallis (@Sian_Wallis)

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