Kirsty Linnett

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Kirsty Linnett
Personal information
Full name Kirsty Ann Linnett[1]
Date of birth (1993-09-24) 24 September 1993 (age 28)
Position(s) Forward
Youth career
2003–2009 Leicester City
2010–2012 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2017 Birmingham City 44 (9)
2017 Notts County 0 (0)
2017–2018 Reading 19 (1)
2018–2021 Liverpool 39 (2)
Total 102 (12)
National team
England U17 10
England U20 2
England U23 6
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Kirsty Ann Linnett (born 24 September 1993) is an English former professional footballer who last played as a forward for Liverpool. Linnett also played for Birmingham City, Notts County and Reading at club level, and she represented England on the U-15, U-17, U-19, and U-23 national teams.

Club career[edit]

A Leicester native, Linnett joined local grassroots club Leicester City at the age of ten. She left for Arsenal at the age of 16, but two successive knee injuries kept her out of action for two years. A move to Birmingham City went through in December 2012, where she remained for four seasons and got her first taste of UEFA Women's Champions League action.[2]

In January 2017, Linnett moved on to Notts County on a three-year deal.[3] Less than three months later, however, the club folded before the FA WSL Spring Series.[4] Becoming a free agent without playing in a single league match for Notts County, Linnett joined Reading along with teammates Jade Moore and Jo Potter in May 2017.[5]

On 11 August 2018, she joined Liverpool.[6] On 21 May 2021, Linnett announced that the club would not offer her a new contract.[7] Linnett criticised the club on social media after they withdrew a contract offer after offering one to her.[8] She subsequently retired from playing and joined a sports agency.[9]

International career[edit]

An England youth international, Linnett represented her country at the U-15, U-17, U-19, and U-23 levels.[2]

Personal life[edit]

As of October 2018, Linnett was in a relationship with Chris Wood who is also a professional footballer.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/08/2018 and 31/08/2018" (PDF). The FA. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b McCaffrey, Alex (12 March 2016). "Kirsty Linnett pens new deal with Birmingham". Vavel. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Notts Capture the Signing of Linnett". Notts County Ladies FC. 30 January 2017. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Notts County Ladies: WSL 1 club fold on eve of Spring Series season...she is due to give birth on 3rd December 2017". BBC. 21 April 2017. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Reading Women: Jade Moore, Jo Potter and Kirsty Linnett join for Spring Series..." BBC. 1 May 2017. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Kirsty Linnett joins Liverpool FC Women". Liverpool FC.
  7. ^ "Stupid club decision of the day". This is Anfield.
  8. ^ "Liverpool duo angered over departure". BBC Sport. Retrieved 22 May 2021.
  9. ^ "MTK FOOTBALL APPOINTS KIRSTY LINNETT AS HEAD OF WOMEN'S FOOTBALL". MTK Football. 21 June 2021.
  10. ^ Hunter, Andy (13 October 2018). "Kirsty Linnett and Chris Wood: life as a professional football couple". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 October 2018.

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