Portuguese side Braga have announced today the signing of goalkeeper Marie Hourihan from Brighton & Hove Albion.

The 31-year-old has an interview featured on the club’s website today, explaining how excited she is to join the current Portuguese champions in a new challenge of her career.

“I watched a game here, and the whole atmosphere at the club, the way the community embraces the team, the set up of the team had… I was so impressed it made my mind up and I really wanted to come here,” said the player.

Hourihan played for the Seagulls for one and a half seasons. She first joined them on a loan spell from Manchester City in January 2018, with the move made permanent the following summer.

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Previously she played for Watford, Fulham, Spartans, Doncaster, Birmingham City, and Chelsea. So she’s having her first club spell outside of the UK.

Braga’s Twitter talks about the ‘luck of the Irish’ when announcing the signing. Her experience playing in the Champions League is also much highlighted by the Portuguese side, who after winning the national league last season, will be taking part in the tournament in 2019/20.