Durham have completed the signing of forward Rio Hardy from FA Women’s Championship rivals Coventry United for an undisclosed fee.
The 25-year-old moves to the North East following a turbulent few weeks with Coventry United in which she was made redundant prior to the club being saved from liquidation at the final hour.
Hardy joined Coventry United in the summer from Cypriot club Apollon FC. Despite The Red and Greens’ struggles at the bottom of the FA Women’s Championship table this season, Hardy has still managed to score five goals in 11 league games. She netted the winning goal as Coventry United defeated Durham 1-0 at the Butts Park Arena in November.
The length of Hardy’s contract with new club Durham has been left undisclosed, however, the signing is clearly a real coup for the ambitious second tier side.
After signing on at Maiden Castle, Hardy said “It’s great to finally be here. I’ve met all the girls and they’ve all been so welcoming so I can’t wait to get started.
“Durham are always there or thereabouts at the top of the league and that was something I was looking for. It’s a good fit for what I want to do and what the club wants to do.”
Hardy becomes Durham’s second signing of the January transfer window. The player could make her debut against Crystal Palace at Maiden Castle on Sunday.