Molly Sharpe of Durham WFC and Sammy Quayle of Lewes LFC Durham Women v Lewes Women, Women's Championship football match, New Ferens Park, Durham, UK - 13 Sep 2020 Photo: Richard Lee for The FA

Forward Sharpe to leave Durham upon expiry of contract

FA Women’s Championship club Durham have announced that forward Molly Sharpe will leave the club upon the expiry of her contract this summer.

The striker joined The Wildcats in summer 2019 following a four-year spell in the United States at Barry University in Miami where she combined playing football with her off-field studies.

In her two seasons as a Durham player, Sharpe has been a regular starter for manager Lee Sanders. The forward has made 33 appearances for the club in the FA Women’s Championship over the course of the two campaigns in which she has scored 10 league goals. Sharpe netted for Durham on her farewell appearance as The Wildcats defeated Coventry United 7-1 on the final day of the season at Maiden Castle.

Sharpe very nearly helped Durham earn a first promotion to the Barclays FA Women’s Super League this season. The club pushed eventual champions Leicester City hard for the title until the last couple of games when The Foxes finally pulled clear. Durham ended the 2020/2021 campaign with their highest-ever points return of 42 from 20 games.

Forward Sharpe becomes the first player to leave Durham during the close season. No further player movement will be released by the club at this stage.

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