HETTON LE HOLE, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 18: General views of Eppleton Colliery Welfare ground during the FA WSL 2 match between Sunderland AFC Ladies and Bristol Academy Women at the Hetton Center on April 18, 2015 in Hetton Le Hole, England. (The FA via Getty Images)

Sunderland confirm departure of defender Potts

FA Women’s Championship club Sunderland have this afternoon confirmed the departure of defender Charlotte Potts.

The 27-year-old joined The Lady Black Cats for the fifth time in her career in the summer following the club’s successful application for promotion to the FA Women’s Championship. Potts moved to the Wearsiders on a free transfer after leaving Scottish Women’s Premier League (SWPL) club Hibernian.

After half a season with Sunderland, the club today announced Potts’ departure via a post on their official club website. It is understood that the defender could now join Swiss club FF Lugano 1976 later this month.

In her latest spell with The Lady Black Cats, Potts made 13 appearances in all competitions. She scored her only goal in Sunderland’s 2-1 defeat to Bristol City at The Robins’ High Performance Centre in early October. With the player being a key member of the Sunderland defence, it would be no surprise to see manager Melanie Reay enter the transfer market for a replacement this month.

Sunderland resume their FA Women’s Championship campaign with a fixture against promotion-chasing London City Lionesses at Princes Park in Dartford on Sunday. The Lady Black Cats will need to be at their absolute best to get a result against one of the strongest sides in the second tier.

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