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Joelle Murray announces retirement

Hibernian Women’s Captain Joelle Murray will retire from professional football at the end of the 2023-24 season, calling time on her incredibly successful playing career.


Joelle, 37, has been a leader for Hibernian Women over two decades and is the Women’s Team record appearance holder with 505 appearances to date.

The most decorated player in Hibs Women history, Joelle has played her part in two title triumphs, alongside lifting the Scottish Cup seven times and the League Cup five times. Murray was the first Hibs Women’s player to sign a professional contract back in 2020 and has continually striven to drive and push forward the women’s game in Scotland both on and off the pitch.

From making her debut against Arsenal to leading the team out at Easter Road against Bayern Munich in the Champions League, Joelle has been an iconic figure for women’s football at the Club.

Her name is firmly written in the history books of her beloved club, Hibernian FC, and will play a key role for Hibernian FC going forward, continuing her fantastic work with the Football Club off the pitch, and working as part of Grant Scott’s backroom team going forward.

Hibernian Women’s Manager Grant Scott paid tribute to Murray, saying: “Joelle is – without question – an icon of the game. Although her professional career on the pitch is now coming to an end, her legacy will be felt for so many years to come. She’s paved the way for so many to thrive in the future.

“Joelle has lived and breathed football for such a long time, and she leaves it in the strongest place it has ever been – a true testament to her leadership, professionalism, talent, and dedication.

“I feel incredibly privileged to have been able to work with her on two occasions now and know her name will be written into the history books as a true footballing great.”