Republic of Ireland striker Rianna Jarrett has joined FA Women's Championship side London City Lionesses.

The move brings an end to her 18-month stay at Super League side Brighton & Hove Albion.

The Wexford native cited Lionesses head coach Melissa Phillips as a key factor in making the switch to the club which plays in the English second tier.

"[I'm] really excited to get going with LCL, a club which is professional and moving in the right direction," said the 26-year-old.

"I got a great feeling from talking to Melissa and her staff, and all the players have been welcoming. [I'm] looking forward to challenging myself in the league, and being pushed in the right direction."

Her new head coach Philipps added that Jarrett's experience, including at international level with Ireland and with Brighton in the English top division, had boosted London City's interest in signing the player.

"Rianna is a proven striker with strength that makes her an absolute handful on the ball. Her experiences both internationally and in the WSL add value to the squad and help us achieve our goals for the season ahead," she said.

Jarrett scored two goals in 16 appearances for Brighton in the English top flight last season, where she had played alongside Ireland international team-mates Megan Connolly and Denise O'Sullivan, who has since returned to North Carolina Courage after the end of her loan spell.

The former Wexford Youths striker had initially joined Brighton on a short-term deal in January 2020 but extended her contract last July.

A regular for Ireland since her senior debut in 2016, Jarrett was part of Vera Pauw's squad for friendly double-headers against Iceland in June.

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