Arsenal Women’s defender Louise Quinn has signed a new contract with the club.

The 26-year-old Irish defender initially signed for just the Spring Series, but impressed enough to earn an extended stay. As confirmed by the club’s official website, Quinn will now stay with Arsenal for the remainder of the season.

“I’m excited to have extended my time here at Arsenal. It’s a great club. The players, staff and facilities are all fantastic,” Quinn said. “We had a really strong Spring Series and we’re looking to continue that form into the new season.

“We have the squad here that can build on those performances and win trophies and I’m looking forward to contributing to the team.”

Manager Pedro Martinez Losa is also happy about the deal. “Louise joined us back in May for the Spring Series and she impressed us with her professionalism and optimism. We are delighted to have offered her an extended contract,” he said.

Quinn played for Notts County Ladies until the club folded last April. She then signed for Arsenal as a free agent on a short-term deal.

Before then, she had spent four years with Swedish club Eskilstuna United and played for University College Dublin and Peamount United in Ireland. The defender also has 47 caps for the Republic of Ireland.

Arsenal ended the Spring Series unbeaten, but still ended up finishing behind Chelsea Ladies and Manchester City Women by a single point. The London club will play two friendlies against FFC Turbine Potsdam and Everton before resuming the season against Birmingham City Ladies on September 24.