Reading and England goalkeeper Mary Earps will play Champions League football next season after signing for German giants Wolfsburg.
Earps, 25, has signed a 12-month contract with the domestic double winners, ending a two-year stint at the Royals.
The England international will have to work hard to earn a starting spot, with German international Almuth Schult an established number one, and widely considered to be one of the best in the world.
But Earps is one of England’s most talented keepers, and if not for the competition she faces for the Lionesses, there is no question she will have amassed more caps for her country.
Earps outlined that her previous experience of the Champions League, where her club at the time Bristol Academy, were drawn against eventual winners FFC Frankfurt, gave her the appetite to want to play in Germany.
On making the move, Earps said: “I’m incredibly excited to be joining Wolfsburg – to be joining one of the best teams in the world truly is a dream come true. I’ve wanted to play in Germany since I played in the Champion’s League here a few years ago – it’s a very competitive league and I can’t wait to get started.
“I’ve come here to develop as a player and to win. The team have had a great year, and I’m looking forward to building on that success this season.”
Stephan Lerch, Head Coach of Wolfsburg added: “In Mary Earps, we are strengthening our team with another strong character. She has a positive and open attitude and already has a lot of experience in the English league and with the national team. She brings quality and has demonstrated this with her performances this past season at Reading WFC. We are really pleased that she has decided to take this step to join Wolfsburg.”
Earps replaces Merle Frohms, who has left Wolfsburg to join SC Freiburg. She will become the first English player to play for the German club, and only the third to play in Germany behind Lily Agg, who was this week released by Frankfurt, and Leah Galton, who mutually ended her contract shortly after joining Bayern Munich this past season.