Ten leave Brighton and Hove Albion as Hope Powell begins rebuild

Brighton manager Hope Powell gives a team talk.
Brighton manager Hope Powell talks with her players during the Barclays FA Women's Super League match against Birmingham City at the People s Pension Stadium in Crawley. (Photo by James Boardman/TPI/Shutterstock)

The Seagulls confirm that 10 of their 22 senior squad have left Brighton after they finished sixth in the 2020/21 Women’s Super League season.

This isn’t alarming as it may sound to the unfamiliar ear as each elite women’s football club will see a handful of players move on to pastures new. The nature of the women’s game is that one-year contracts are extremely common and transfer fee’s are extremely uncommon. This leads to a large amount of uncomplicated player transfers.

It wasn’t all bad news for Brighton fans today. The statement also confirmed that keeper Megan Walsh and veteran Victoria Williams had signed extensions with The Albion.

Amongst the players confirmed to have left is Northern Ireland international Laura Rafferty. Rafferty spent the last season on loan to Bristol City who reached the 2021 Continental Cup final against Chelsea.

Another big loss for the side is Jodie Brett. The former Everton and Chelsea midfielder has had to retire from the sport entirely due to a career ending injury.

Perhaps the most expected departure, and perhaps the biggest loss, was that of Rebekah Stott. The New Zealand Olympian has been publicly battling cancer in her native country. Stott shared her story in an emotional video earlier in 2021.

Riana Jarrett, Kirsty Barton, Cecilie Fiskerstrand, Nora Heroum, Beth Roe and Hollie Olding make up the rest of the players that have now left the club. Lee Geum-min, the South Korea international who scored a beautiful brace against Reading for the club, has also left the club at the end of her loan deal from Manchester City.