The SWPL Cup Holders Hibernian have bolstered their squad with the signing of Aberdeen’s Rachael Small.
The 24-year old left-back, who captained Aberdeen, has been out injured for the past six weeks with a knee injury and told Hibernian that her fitness was not where she wanted and was planning to use the pre-season before season restarts on 31 July to regain fitness to allow her to compete for a place in the team.
She went on to say, “I know it is going to be a tough ask as they have won the League Cup and are competing on all fronts, and with Europe round the corner everybody is fighting fit and going for those positions. It’s going to be a big task, but it’s one that I’m looking forward to.”
Small will provide competition for Hibs’ first choice left-back Kirsty Smith, and Head Coach Chris Roberts was delighted by the club’s latest signing, saying, “She has played at a high level domestically and has started for Scotland numerous times, so it’s a huge acquisition for the Club and a great addition for the team because she fits in with our style of play and has settled in really well in training this week.”
She has also played for fellow SWPL 1 side Forfar Farmington between 2010 and 2013, after which she rejoined Aberdeen.
Small has been capped for Scotland at Under 17 and Under 19 levels, including captaining them at the 2010 UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championships where they finished bottom of their group.
She has also been capped 28 times for the senior squad and was a regular during Scotland’s heartbreaking UEFA Women’s Euro 2013 Qualifying campaign.
Small was part of the first intake of students at the Scottish FA’s North Regional Football Academy, which was a partnership with Aberdeen University, Robert Gordon University, and Aberdeen College that allowed players to combine daily football training with their studies.