Potter, Moore and Linnett join the RoyalsReading FC Women added three high-profile names to their squad on Monday evening, as Jo Potter, Jade Moore and Kirsty Linnett all put pen to paper to link up with Kelly Chambers’ squad.
Potter and Moore have a combined 66 full international caps between them for England and will represent Mark Sampson’s squad at this summer’s European Championships, while Linnett has played through the Lionesses’ youth ranks up to Under-23 level.
All three join from Notts County, and could debut as early as Wednesday as the Royals make their first home appearance of the Spring Series against Chelsea at Adams Park.
Reading FC Women manager Kelly Chambers said: “They were three players that were on our radar before the Spring Series, we wanted to bring in more experience from WSL1, and that’s what we’ve done.
“It broadens the options we have and it’s great to bring in three players of that calibre, and have that experience at playing at WSL1, they’re definitely going to enhance us. They’re coming into a good squad already, so it’s a case of building now and making sure we are even more competitive in the league.”
Our Women’s team were defeated in their second Spring Series fixture last Friday, as hosts Liverpool ran out at 4-2 winners in Widnes.
In a remarkable opening to the fixture, the Reds went a goal up through Natasha Harding’s curling effort in just the second minute – only to be pegged back almost from kick-off when Brook Chaplen levelled.
The Royals had completed a turnaround before seven minutes had ticked by as Melissa Fletcher’s second in as many games had Reading ahead. But the hosts made their own turnaround – Harding levelled with a replica of her first goal to beat Mary Earps, before a deep cross was turned in by Caroline Weir.
And then Liverpool extended their advantage soon after the break when Harding turned provider, crossing for Laura Coombs to convert.
Despite the Royals’ best efforts, they couldn’t grab a goal to get back into the game and fell to their first defeat of the seven-game series.