READING women’s captain Kirsty Pearce has retired from professional football at the age of 32.
The midfielder joined the Royals from Portsmouth in 2014, her first professional club, and enjoyed a remarkable debut season as the team won promotion to the FA Women’s Super League.
Pearce played over 100 times for Reading having marked her century of appearances against Bristol City in November 2018 in a 3-0 triumph.
“Kirsty was a big signing for us, and helped to take the club forward and push on as we have. Since then Kirsty has become a true professional and has been a massive part of this club’s development winning trophies along the way and being a true captain to myself and the team,” said Reading manager Kelly Chambers.