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International success completes dream week for Chloe

Thursday, 26 January 2017

International success completes dream week for Chloe thumbnailLocal girls, Chloe McGlade, who has recently joined Sion Swifts, and Hayley O'Donnell, who represented Northern Ireland Ladies in Portugal.

TALENTED Drumquin girl, Chloe McGlade, completed the perfect week when she joined up with Northern Ireland Ladies on a memorable trip to Portugal only days after officially signing for Premier League side, Sion Swifts.

After a two-year absence from the international scene, Chloe returned to the set-up for a trip to Portugal for a friendly and took part in celebrations as Northern Ireland recorded a surprise 1-0 victory over the European Championship finalists in Lisbon.

Although Chloe - a former U17 and U19 player - wasn't given the opportunity to make her senior debut on this occasion, she is delighted to be back amongst fellow internationals including local girl, Hayley O'Donnell.

And, having signed a deal to join Sion Swifts, she hopes regular Premier League football will increase her chances of representing her country again in the near future, even if she is devastated to leave her local club, Cappagh Spurs, which recently folded.

"It is with a great deal of sadness I am leaving Cappagh Spurs as I had played there since seven years of age," she said.

"But I am looking forward to the prospect of Premier League football. I know I had to step up in leagues if I was going to remain involved with Northern Ireland.

"I want to score as many goals as possible this season and I think we have a good enough team to win some silverware."

Chloe had played with Cappagh Spurs throughout her career and her impeccable record in front of goal with the Championship side attracted interest from several clubs, including Sion Swifts. She was the division's top-goalscorer last season, netting 18 times, and scored 26 during the previous campaign.

Her new club manager, Tony McGinley - who guided the Swifts to an impressive sixth-placed finish last season - is delighted to have the Drumquin girl on board.

"Chloe took time out of the international scene for around two years or so but I know the manager, Alfie Wylie, was very keen to have her in the team," he said.

"Barring an injury, I can see Chloe being a regular for Northern Ireland over the long-term. She is a player we have been trying to convince to join our club for a number of years. We have always admired her talents.

"She had always given us her word that she would join Sion Swifts if she was to ever leave Cappagh Spurs who she loved playing for and has always stayed loyal to and deserves great credit for being so.

"When the club was forced to close she stayed true to her word and joined with us at Sion Swifts and we're delighted to have her."

Chloe has proven her qualities in the Championship over several years, however, the step up in class to Premier League football is "enormous", according to Tony.

"Knowing Chloe, I have no doubt she will take it in her stride," he added. "She deserves to play at the top level, she was too good of a player in the Championship and Chloe will be up there as one of the best strikers in the Premier League next season.

"She knows where the net is, keeps her composure in front of goal and her pace is a huge asset. Such lightning speed is hard to come by and we lacked pace up front last season. Chloe is a level-headed girl who is very committed and she can't wait to get playing."

Sion Swifts will be hoping to improve on their sixth-place finish last term and Tony and the rest of the backroom staff are currently preparing the pre-season schedule before the new season which starts in March.

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