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Pompey Women Confirm Player Departures

Six players leave the club

29 May 2023


Pompey Women Confirm Player Departures

Six players leave the club

29 May 2023

Portsmouth FC Women can confirm that six players have left the club following the conclusion of the 2022/23 season.

Mae Goulden, Libby Kingshott, Anisha Hill, Leanne Bell, Anaisa Harney and Sammy Quayle have all departed.

Blues boss Jay Sadler said: “It’s always difficult saying goodbye to players. First and foremost, they’re human beings with emotion – people I’ve got to know really well over their time at the football club.

“Out of the six, Sammy has been here the longest. She’s been a fantastic servant over her two stints, nearing the 100 milestone.

"She found it difficult to get consistent game time post-Christmas. However, she seems to have found her feet down the road at Worthing.

“She’s playing regularly, performing well and has a smile on her face again, which is just so good to see.

“Libby has been with us for several years, mostly playing the role of understudy. Her development, both on and off the pitch, has been evident throughout that period and now we feel it’s time for Libby to make the transition into becoming a number one.

“She certainly has the quality to play at this level, but like most younger players, the time needs to be right and the opportunity needs to present itself.

“Anisha joined the club 18 months ago. Coming in at a time of need, her profile suited the team we were that year – not only a tidy technician, but a charismatic bundle of energy.

“This season, with the high turnover, it’s been more difficult for Anisha to gain consistent minutes.

"We were able to dual sign her with Fulham towards the back end of the season and we saw a real spring in her step – long may that continue.

“Anaisa hit the ground running towards the back end of her first season, creating solid relationships with the forward players.

"We were delighted to bring her in on a permanent last summer, but unfortunately her game time was scarce due to the form of the current forwards.

“When called upon, she stepped up and performed, showing real resilience and determination – attributes I have a lot of admiration for and will stand her in good stead with her next challenge.

“Leanne has been a real pleasure to coach and to be around. Her infectious character has seen her connect with the whole changing room.

“Towards the end of the season, we favoured players of a specific profile in the position Leanne was competing for.

"This has no reflection on her qualities, as a player, and I do genuinely believe she’ll be an asset at her next club.

“Mae was our first signing last summer. It was always going to be tough, transitioning into the senior game. We have several experienced players in her position.

“Although game time has been limited, we’ve been extremely proud of her development on the international stage, gaining her first call-up for Greece under-21s.

"With consistent game time, in the right environment, I have no doubt Mae will go to be very effective forward.”

Everyone at Portsmouth Football Club would like to thank Mae, Libby, Anisha, Leanne, Anaisa and Sammy for their efforts and wish them all the best for the future.

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