Rachel Furness: Reading sign Northern Ireland midfielder from Sunderland

Rachel Furness in action for Sunderland
Rachel Furness made 16 appearances for Sunderland Ladies in all competitions last season

Reading have signed Northern Ireland midfielder Rachel Furness from Women's Super League One rivals Sunderland.

The 28-year-old is the first player to leave the Lady Black Cats since the top-flight club announced it would revert to being a part-time club.

Furness, who had two spells over 12 years at Sunderland, joins Reading on a contract until June 2018.

"Rachel is a brilliant addition to our squad and she brings great experience," said Reading boss Kelly Chambers.