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Reading announce sextet of player departures

Barclays FA Women’s Super League club Reading have announced that six players will be leaving the club this summer in addition to those departures already confirmed prior to the end of the season.

Veteran Fara Williams has already confirmed her retirement while Welsh international Angharad James has secured a move to the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), however, it has today been confirmed that six other players are also moving on.

Goalkeeper Erin Nayler, defenders Kristine Bjordal Leine and Molly Batrip, midfielders Molly Childerhouse and Silvana Flores and forward Lauren Bruton are those additional players who won’t be with the club in 2021/2022.

Norwegian international Leine had already confirmed her exit yesterday with the player keen to return to her homeland following a difficult year in England due to COVID-19 restrictions. Reading wanted to keep the player but respect her wishes in wanting to move closer to her family.

Goalkeeper Nayler moves on after failing to take the first choice goalkeeping jersey from Grace Moloney with the Republic of Ireland international having been in inspired form all season. Nayler joined Reading last summer following a spell with Bordeaux.

Defender Bartrip and forward Bruton are long-serving members of the Reading squad with the pair having been instrumental in the club’s progress in transitioning from a side in the old FA Women’s Super League 2 into a household name in the top flight.

Mexican international midfielder Flores joined Reading on a short term deal in February but has struggled to get first team minutes while academy graduate Childerhouse will look to launch her senior career elsewhere after failing to make her mark on the first team.

Reading boss Kelly Chambers has been frustrated with her side’s inconsistency this season and she is planning a summer of recruitment as the club look to challenge strongly in the top half of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League table next term.

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