Rooks sign Northern Irish international

Rooks sign Northern Irish international

Rebecca McKenna heads across the Irish Sea to the Dripping Pan.

Joe Short
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Hannah Tappenden

Lewes Football Club can confirm Northern Ireland international Rebecca McKenna has signed for the Rooks ahead of the 2021/22 season.

McKenna arrives from Linfield with plenty of experience, having won four league titles and the League Cup during her four-year spell. The 20-year-old defender made her international debut at the age of just 17 and to date boasts 16 caps for her country.

Having become a fixed member of Northern Ireland’s set-up, McKenna was part of the XI that beat Ukraine in April to book their place at Euro 2022. It will be the first time Northern Ireland have ever competed in a major summer tournament.

As a teenager McKenna represented Glentoran before moving to Linfield, where she captained the side this spring in the absence of the injured Ashley Hutton.

Primarily a right-back, McKenna can also slot into midfield and is known for her versatility, power and aggressive work rate. It is perhaps unsurprising, therefore, that she used to be a cross country runner.

First Team Manager Simon Parker commented:

“Rebecca is a player we’ve been watching a lot. She is tenacious with a raw talent we think we can help develop. She’s extremely versatile, young but with a strong character. She is going to be fantastic this year and has huge potential to make a big impact in the league.”

Lewes Football Club can confirm Northern Ireland international Rebecca McKenna has signed for the Rooks ahead of the 2021/22 season.

McKenna arrives from Linfield with plenty of experience, having won four league titles and the League Cup during her four-year spell. The 20-year-old defender made her international debut at the age of just 17 and to date boasts 16 caps for her country.

Having become a fixed member of Northern Ireland’s set-up, McKenna was part of the XI that beat Ukraine in April to book their place at Euro 2022. It will be the first time Northern Ireland have ever competed in a major summer tournament.

As a teenager McKenna represented Glentoran before moving to Linfield, where she captained the side this spring in the absence of the injured Ashley Hutton.

Primarily a right-back, McKenna can also slot into midfield and is known for her versatility, power and aggressive work rate. It is perhaps unsurprising, therefore, that she used to be a cross country runner.

First Team Manager Simon Parker commented:

“Rebecca is a player we’ve been watching a lot. She is tenacious with a raw talent we think we can help develop. She’s extremely versatile, young but with a strong character. She is going to be fantastic this year and has huge potential to make a big impact in the league.”