23-year-old striker, Leanne Kiernan – who hails from a pig farming background in Cavan – has signed a new contract with LFC Women.
She has secured promotion back to the Barclays Women’s Super League, having enjoyed a fine first season on Merseyside, top scoring with 13 league goals as the Reds won the FA Women’s Championship
It means the Republic of Ireland international equalled the club record for league goals in a single campaign, now jointly held with Natasha Dowie.
That pre-season form has seen Kiernan, the 2021-22 LFC Women Player of the Season, hit an early winner against Aston Villa and notched a hat-trick versus West Ham United.
In a statement in recent days, she said: “This is a thrilling moment for me and my family, and a really exciting time. I think this club is kind of like home for me.”
“People know that if life is good outside of football, you get to perform better on the pitch. I really like the people and the place, and the girls are great around me. I could not have won any awards without them.”
“I am getting used to Beardy being beside me when I sign a contract; this will be my fifth year knowing him! He understands me well and gets the best out of me, so hopefully, I can repay him in return.”
LFC Women manager, Matt Beard, explained that Kiernan would have another “major” role to play in the season ahead.
“It was important for us to extend Leanne’s contract coming into the final year. Physically, it is the best I have ever seen her, and I have worked with her for a long time now.
“She had a good pre-season and great season last year. She offers us versatility in the front positions as well; she can play wide and down the middle.”
“Her attitude, her application and her personality are just fantastic, and she is going to be an integral part of the team for years to come.”
Kiernan and her teammates will start their BWSL campaign away at Reading on Sunday before a home fixture with champions Chelsea and the exciting Anfield clash with Everton at the end of September.
Kiernan explained that she is “raring to go” to get back to the WSL and outlined that “last season, we had a different task to do, and this season will be different”.
“I am really looking forward to it. Pre-season has gone really well both personally and as a team, and I feel that we are all eager to go,” she concluded.