Rachel Furness leaves Liverpool for Bristol City on deal until end of the season

File photo dated 18-11-2020 of Liverpool's Rachel Furness, who has left Women's Super League side Liverpool by mutual consent. Issue date: Friday February 3, 2023.
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Northern Ireland midfielder Rachel Furness has left Women's Super League side Liverpool by mutual consent and joined Championship outfit Bristol City.

The 34-year-old, her country's record goalscorer, departs the Reds after three years that included helping them secure promotion to the WSL last season.

She has signed a deal lasting to the end of the season with the Robins, who are currently second in the Championship, a point behind leaders London City Lionesses with a game in hand.

Furness scored 19 goals in 64 Liverpool appearances, making her third on the club's all-time list in the WSL era.

She told Bristol City's official website: “It feels great to be here. It's been a whirlwind week but I'm glad to get it over the line and I can't wait to start with the girls.

“When I got off the phone (with manager Lauren Smith) I was smiling from ear to ear. It was a fantastic conversation.

“I'll need to get my head down and work really hard to break into this team because the girls are flying.”

Furness also posted a message on social media in which she thanked Liverpool fans, players and boss Matt Beard and his staff, adding: “Liverpool, you will always hold a special place in my heart. I wish you nothing but success in the future and will be cheering from afar.”