Quinn taking setbacks in her stride
Republic of Ireland international Louise Quinn won’t forget the last six months in a hurry, a sequence of events making it a period in the Blessington woman’s career like no other. Along with her involvement in the senior squad’s public airing of their grievances with the FAI, her club situation has been dizzying, to say the least.
In November she chose to move on from Eskilstuna United after spending four years with the Swedish club, missing just one game in that time, her final appearance coming against Wolfsburg in the Champions League.
Come February she was unveiled as English Super League side Notts County’s latest signing as they prepared for the opening of the Spring Series of the season. “I’m really excited to have signed for Notts, it’s a great club with lots of history,” she said at the time. “I’m looking forward to the season ahead, to get on the pitch and challenge myself as a player, and hopefully help contribute to the team as much as I can.”
Less than two months later? Her new club is no more. Their statement last week: “[Owner] Alan Hardy has reluctantly admitted defeat in his bid to save Notts County Ladies Football Club after facing a near-£1m bill to keep the club afloat this season …. the club has today been officially withdrawn from the Women’s Super League and will play no matches in the Spring Series.” The last post on the club’s Facebook page before Hardy’s announcement? “All purchased season cards have now been posted!” So, on the eve of the new season, Quinn and her team-mates are club-less. Hardy didn’t even turn up at the meeting with the players when they were told of his decision. If he had, Quinn might have liked to have asked why she was signed when the club was already heading up the swanny. “Gotta take the rough with the smooth sometimes! Keep pushing on, sure,” she tweeted, stoically. She will just trust that the next six months are somewhat smoother than the ones she’s just experienced.