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Birmingham City are thrilled to announce the signings of Irish duo Eleanor Ryan-Doyle and Emily Whelan.
Both players were free agents after recently leaving Peamount United and Shelbourne respectively.
The pair have put pen to paper on one-year deals and are available for selection in Birmingham's Barclays FA Women's Super League season opener against Tottenham Hotspur.
Ryan-Doyle has proven a goal sensation on the Emerald Isle and this May won the SSE Airtricity Women's National League Player of the Month award as she found the net seven times.
She led the scoring charts for the current campaign before her departure to Blues, having been in contention for the division's golden boot in multiple seasons to date.
This ability to find the back of the net has helped fire Peamount to consecutive Women's National League titles, a Club she joined at the age of eight.
After working her way through the ranks, Ryan-Doyle made her debut at 16 back in 2014. Her only time away from the Peas came with UCD waves during the 2015 season and when she has represented her nation at youth level, up until the Under-19s age group.
Now ready to take on a new challenge at Blues, Ryan-Doyle, wearing the number 22, is hoping to continue her fine form in England.
Whelan has proven equally impressive across the Irish Sea, with the 19-year-old attacker already a full international after marking her senior debut three years ago.
She, along with recent signing Jamie Finn, is a product of Shelbourne's youth system and at the age of 16 was named the best Under-17s player in the Women's National League as a result of her impressive showings for the Red Pandas.
Although most recently used in forward positions, Whelan has previously displayed the versatility to perform in both midfield and defensive roles.
Meanwhile, Arabella Suttie has signed for Birmingham on an agreement until the end of the 2021-22 season.
Suttie has completed a successful trial period in pre-season, with the positive impression made during this time earning her the chance to represent Scott Booth's side in the upcoming campaign.
Her involvement at Blues will run concurrently with her studies at the University of Birmingham, where Suttie is undertaking a Chemistry degree that includes a Masters programme.
A star within grassroots football in her native Hampshire, Suttie won two league titles and two county cups with Warsash Wasps before going on to repeat such success with Southampton Girls.
Spotted by Chelsea in 2016, the 18-year-old spent five years playing for the Academy of the reigning FA WSL champions. Based at Cobham, she helped Chelsea win the WSL Academy league title on two occasions along with progression into the latter stages of the FA Youth Cup twice.
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