Quinn tak­ing set­backs in her stride

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Soccer - Mary Han­ni­gan

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.

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