Champions Shelbourne have signed double-league-winning winger Megan Smyth-Lynch from Peamount United as they continue preparations for their first title defence.
The Dubliner returns to the Reds following a hugely successful six-year stint with Peas, who have moved quickly to bring in Jetta Berrill from DLR Waves in her place.
Smyth-Lynch was part of the Peas side that won the title in 2019 before adding a league and cup double in 2020, and missed out on three-in-a-row on a dramatic final day in November.
The 24-year-old was previously on the books of Raheny United when they merged with Shels in 2015 and contested the 2014/15 Champions League with the former.
She twice competed in Europe’s top club competition with Peas and will bolster Noel King’s side as they embark on their first Champions League campaign in five years.
“I’m so happy to be back at the club I spent so many great years at,” Smyth-Lynch told the Reds’ media team.
“After speaking to Noel and some players I knew it was the right time to come back to the club and try to help them win the league back to back and have a good Champions league campaign.
“I’m so excited to get started and hopefully it’s a successful year for myself and the team!”
King added: “I see Megan as a great capture – she has a cultured left foot that can create chances and score goals.
“As a former Shelbourne star she is familiar with the players, and I believe our style of play will suit her talents and bring the best out in her.”
Meanwhile, Peamount announced their first new signing of the season with the return of former Ireland winger Berrill after narrowly missing out on midfielder Ciara Maher to Bohs.
The Louth native spent two years with Peas between 2012 and 2014 before embarking on the first of three stints with Waves.
27-year-old Berrill spent the second half of last season at the UCD Bowl after completing her veterinary studies in Hungary and scored six goals in 15 appearances in all competitions.