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Fran makes Brighton move

Brighton & Hove Albion have confirmed the signing of England international Fran Kirby from Chelsea.

The decorated 31-year-old attacking midfielder began her career with Reading FC Women, where she quickly established herself as one of the hottest prospects in the game.

A move to Chelsea came in 2015 and a trophy-laden nine-year spell would follow. Fran won seven WSL titles, five Women’s FA Cups and two Women’s League Cups, as well as helping the Blues reach the 2021 UEFA Women’s Champions League final.

She won the PFA Women’s Players’ Player of the Year on two occasions, most recently in 2021, which proved individually to be the most fruitful of her career, as she was named the FWA Women’s Player of the Year, the FA Women’s Super League Player of the Year and Chelsea Women’s Player of the Year.

On the international stage, Fran has won 72 caps for England, scoring 19 goals. She was a part of the 2015 World Cup squad that finished in third place, before playing a key part in England’s EURO 2022 campaign, as they beat Germany 2-1 at Wembley to secure the championship.  

The Seagulls have also signed Japan international Kiko Seike from WE League side Urawa Reds, for undisclosed terms and subject to the usual regulatory processes. The striker will join up with Albion when she returns from the Olympics in Paris, ahead of the new Barclays Women’s Super League season.  

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