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Rosie McDonnell Departs Pompey Women

Defender leaves Blues

21 September 2022

Women

Rosie McDonnell Departs Pompey Women

Defender leaves Blues

21 September 2022

Rosie McDonnell has left Pompey Women after three years at the club.

She arrived from Coventry United in 2019 and made 48 appearances in her time on the south coast, scoring seven goals.

Her debut arrived in a 7-1 victory at Keynsham in 2019 and she grabbed a hat-trick of assists to mark her first outing.

McDonnell did not have to wait much longer for her first goal, which came in Pompey's 4-1 success at Chichester just three days later.

"Hopefully this is just a temporary goodbye and I'll make my way back in the future, but for now my focus shifts to a new adventure."

Rosie McDonnell

The defender suffered an injury setback in the early stages of the 2020/21 season, when she ruptured her medial collateral ligament away at Crawley.

Her rehab process coincided with the third national Covid-19 lockdown, meaning she was ready to return to action by the time competitive football returned.

Alongside this, Leading Naval Nurse McDonnell was on the frontline at QA Hospital treating patients with coronavirus.

Speaking about the difficult decision to leave, Rosie said: "After a slight whirlwind of a month, I've decided that it's time for me to start the next chapter in my career.

"Sadly, this means I'll be moving away from Portsmouth and will no longer be able to play for the club. I've never liked goodbyes but this one's going to hurt.

"From the highs of cup wins to the lowest lows of injury, this team has been there through it all (except those weird six months where we couldn't see each other!).

"I'm convinced we spend more time together than we do with our families, so stepping away feels like losing a family too.

"The start we've had to the season has been a credit to all the sacrifices and hard work this group is willing to put in and I really do hope they can take it all the way.

"We knew that Watford would be my final game and a last chance for me to leave everything on the pitch.

"Taking the three points was a dream way to finish and I'm so proud to have shared the pitch with that special group on the night.

"Hopefully this is just a temporary goodbye and I'll make my way back in the future, but for now my focus shifts to a new adventure.

"Thank you for a special three years and Play up Pompey!"


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