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Brighton make double signing

Brighton & Hove Albion have completed a double transfer deadline day deal in bringing in Rianna Jarrett and Maxime Bennink.

Jarrett is a Republic of Ireland international and joins on a six-month contract with the club until 30th June.

She began her career with Wexford Youths in 2011, before she moved to the States to take up a scholarship with the University of Tennessese and play for the UT Martin Skyhawks.

She returned to Wexford in 2015 and has remained with the Irish side for the past five years. In both 2018 and 2019 she was also named the Women’s National League Player of the Season. She scored her first senior international goal in October during Ireland’s 3-2 win over Ukraine in a Euro 2021 qualifier.

Manager Hope Powell said, “It is great news that we have managed to bring Rianna to the club, as she is someone who will bolster our forward options.

“We have kept a close eye on her progress in Ireland, and I know she was very keen to come over to England and prove herself in the Women’s Super League.

“We are all very much looking forward to seeing how she progresses in the months ahead, and cannot wait to start working with her.”

As for Bennick she joins on loan from fellow WSL Reading.

Powell commented “We are delighted to welcome Maxime to the club, as she is a player that we’ve closely monitored in recent months.

“One of our main priorities during this January window was to strengthen our existing attacking options, and we have been able to do that with the addition of Maxime.

“She is a young and direct player that will add to the competition for places in those areas, and we are very much looking forward to working with her in the months ahead.”

Bennink began her career at FC Twente and made two appearances in their title winning side of 2016.

She then moved to PEC Zwolle, and remained there for three seasons, before her move to Reading in August last year.

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