Chloe Arthur of Aston Villa and Chloe McCarron of Birmingham City Aston Villa Women v Birmingham City Women FA WSL football match, Villa Park, Birmingham, UK - 14 Nov 2020 Photo: Paul Currie for The FA

Former Birmingham City midfielder McCarron closing in on Linfield return

Former Birmingham City midfielder Chloe McCarron is understood to be closing in on a return to Linfield.

The 23-year-old Northern Ireland international has been without a club since leaving the Blues back in April due to personal reasons.

The player has been linked with a return to former club Linfield who she served between 2017 and 2020 and her national team boss Kenny Shiels this afternoon told FAWSL Full-Time that the deal is virtually done pending international clearance.

McCarron is one of three unattached players currently on international duty with Northern Ireland. She is joined in the squad by former Bristol City defender Laura Rafferty and former Charlton Athletic midfielder Ciara Watling.

Speaking on the future of those players, Shiels said “Ciara is still unattached. Chloe looks to be attached again, although we don’t know yet, she is waiting on international clearance to join Linfield. She is more or less fixed up to get game time.

“Laura’s looking at options where she can join a club and it’s pretty close I think.”

During her time at Birmingham City, McCarron made 12 appearances, 10 of which were in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League. She was a three-time NIFL Danske Bank Women’s Premiership winner in her first spell at Linfield and was named their Player of the Year in 2018/2019.

The midfielder could return to competitive football tomorrow night as Northern Ireland face Scotland at Seaview in Belfast.

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