Angharad James, Wales midfielder, will join North Carolina Courage of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) on a two-year deal

The 26-year-old has been with Reading since July 2019, but is in the final year of her contract with the Women’s Super League (WSL) club

“I’m moving to North Carolina knowing I gave Reading my best,” said James

“I’ll keep doing this while I’m still here, thank you all with all my heart”

Both clubs say James will be moving “on a date agreed by Courage and Reading that will be announced at a later date”

Reading’s last WSL game will take place on 9 The Challenge Cup of the NWSL starts on May 9th April, during the league season 2021 on 15 May begins

James made her debut in Wales as a 17-year-old against Scotland in October 2011 and has become a mainstay of their national team

She joined Arsenal Ladies’ Academy in 2010 at the age of 16 before moving to Bristol City two years later.She played for Notts County, Yeovil Town and Everton before joining Reading

“I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to everyone at Reading for making me feel so welcome during my time here,” James told the club website

“I can’t thank Kelly (Manager Chambers) and her staff enough. I only have praise and admiration for them for giving me the opportunity to grow and express myself on the pitch You have contributed significantly to my development “

North Carolina Courage won the NWSL Championship in 2018 and 2019 and is a three-time Shield winner

“Angharad is a real competitor and will thrive around us,” NC Courage head coach Paul Riley told the club’s website

“She is smart, tough and has the ability to improve everyone around her. She will be a stabilizing force in our midfield and her understanding of tactics will help us adjust our formations for the new season”

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Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/56183016