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Leicester City make double swoop


Leicester City have announced the signings of Josie Green and Aileen Whelan, ahead of the new season.


Wales international midfielder Josie Green has made the switch to LCFC Women following six years with Tottenham Hotspur, subject to approval. The 29-year-old joins the Foxes with a wealth of experience having been a regular in the Barclays Women’s Super League for Spurs since their promotion as quadruple winners in the 2016-17 season.

 

Green was made captain of the side in the summer of 2020 and made a total of 15 appearances for Spurs last season – scoring once and helping the team to a fifth place finish in the WSL.

 

Prior to joining the North London outfit, Green progressed through the youth ranks of Watford, making her senior debut for the Hornets during the 2010/11 FA Women's National League season.

 

At international level, Green has represented Wales on 22 occasions. Her senior debut came at the age of just 16 as a substitute against Azerbaijan in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifiers.

 

Speaking to LCFC TV, Green said: "Just walking around today and seeing the facilities at Belvoir Drive has been brilliant. There aren't many clubs who get to work and train in such an exciting environment - I am looking forward to working here every day.

 

"I want to be myself and bring the experience that I have with me into the team. It's early days but the expectation this season is high, and hopefully that's something I can contribute towards."

 

Boasting extensive Barclays Women's Super League experience, attacking midfielder Aileen Whelan – who can also play in forward areas - makes the move to Belvoir Drive following five successful years with the Seagulls, having joined the club from Everton in 2017.

 

Speaking to LCFC TV, Whelan said: "Hopefully I can bring some experience in and help the team get some results. My aim is to get on the scoresheet as much as possible and help LCFC Women finish higher up the table.

 

"I know a few of the girls already from playing with them in other teams. It's nice knowing that when I come in for pre-season with the team, I have relationships with some of them already."

 

Whelan was a prominent member of the Brighton squad that won promotion to the WSL in 2018 - the division where the club has remained since and her versatility has seen her play in many positions across midfield and the front line.

 

The 30-year-old’s previous experience includes spells at MK Dons, Nottingham Forest, Notts County and Everton – who she signed for in 2017 ahead of her move to Brighton – as well as with England Under-23s.

 

Green and Whelan now link up with LCFC Women as the Foxes commence their pre-season preparations.