Underage Irish Internationals Summer Lawless and Alannah McEvoy will follow Peamount United clubmate Aine O'Gorman to the Shamrock Rovers' new Women's National League team for the 2023 season, the team announced last weekend and yesterday (Nov. 30th) respectively.
Welcome to Rovers, @summerlawless05 👋
A new Number One for Ireland's Number One 🧤
Let's get to work 🤝#LawlessIsAHoop pic.twitter.com/YdYuC9O6aU
— Shamrock Rovers Women (@RoversWomen) November 26, 2022
Lawless is currently goalkeeper for the U19 Republic of Ireland team; like McEvoy, a striker, she has played for Ireland at every age since U15.
Jason Carey, head of the Women's Football for the Shamrock Rovers, praised both players, saying "Summer is a brilliant young keeper with tremendous ability. We have been tracking her progress for quite a while now and are delighted that she has chosen us to help her take the next step in her career." He also highlighted McEvoy's years of experience as a valuable asset to the team.
McEvoy said "I am delighted to sign for Shamrock Rovers, it's exciting to be part of the plans that Rovers has for the women's game in Ireland. I am really looking forward to getting started."
Lawless and McEvoy are the second and third signing announced for the Shamrock Rovers' new side; the arrival of ROI International and fellow former Peamount United player Aine O'Gorman was announced last week. O'Gorman, who has 114 international caps, snagged the EVOKE.ie Golden Boot Award last week after a season tally of 22 goals.
Welcome to Rovers, @Aineogor9 👋
Great to have you with us 🤝#OGormanIsAHoop pic.twitter.com/ol3YY5Njx3
— Shamrock Rovers Women (@RoversWomen) November 24, 2022
Of the move, O'Gorman said "Signing for Shamrock Rovers is an opportunity that I couldn't turn down and I'm looking forward to the new challenge. I am delighted to be joining such a big club, one that is putting the structures in place for the long-term growth and development of women's football in Ireland."
Following the introduction of professional contracts for WNL clubs, the Shamrock Rovers will offer salaries to female players.