Kristine Leine of Reading. West Ham United Women vs Reading Women, WSL football match, Rush Green Stadium, London, UK - 24 Nov 2019 Photo: Kunjan Malde for The FA

Reading’s Norwegian defender Leine confirms departure

Reading defender Kristine Bjordal Leine has confirmed that she is leaving the club as her contract at The Madejski Stadium comes to an end.

The Royals ended their season with a 5-0 defeat to Barclays FA Women’s Super League champions Chelsea on Sunday and defender Leine is the first player to confirm that she won’t be staying on at the Berkshire club next term.

Leine confirmed the news via a post on her personal Instagram account yesterday. The player has cited the tough conditions brought by COVID-19 as one of the key factors in her decision to move on.

She said “A chapter in my life has come to an end. It has been an adventure and an experience that I will remember for the rest of my life.

“There’s no hiding from the fact that this year has been tougher than any other because of COVID-19 and with that, I have decided that it would be best for me to move back home.

“Even though we basically have lived in isolation for a year, I’m taking with me all of the good memories that I have made and some amazing friendships that I have built.”

Leine joined Reading in 2019 from Norwegian Toppserien club Roa IL. With the player having confirmed her return home, it seems likely that her next move could be to a club operating in the Norwegian top flight.

In her time at Reading, Leine represented the club on 29 occasions in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League. She scored one league goal which came in The Royals’ dramatic 3-2 victory over West Ham United at Rush Green last season. The player also assisted for the winning goal in that match.

While Leine is the first outgoing player at Reading this summer, incomings are expected with manager Kelly Chambers keen to build on her squad as The Royals look to climb towards the top four.

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