Former Arsenal goalkeeper, Sophie Harris, has signed for Brighton & Hove Albion after being allowed to leave London Bees on a free transfer.

Harris, 23, joined Arsenal in 2010 and went on to win the FA WSL and FA WSL Continental Cup with the squad as well as playing in the Champions League.

She left Arsenal after four years at the club, signing for London Bees where she spent another four years before moving on again.

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Sophie Harris

Manager, Hope Powell said: “We are delighted to welcome Sophie to the club ahead of our first season in the revamped FA Women’s Super League.

“It is an area where we were looking to strengthen following Chloe’s [Sansom] departure at the end of last season, and she will increase the competition for places here.

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Sophie Harris (Arsenal). Arsenal Ladies 1:1 Bristol Academy. Womens Super League. Borehamwood, Herts, 31/8/12. Credit : Arsenal Football Club / David Price.

“She already has some good experience at a relatively young age, and I am very much looking forward to working with her this season.”

Speaking back in 2014 when she left Arsenal, Harris said“I’ve been unfortunate with a lot of injuries, I had an operation on my shoulder and bereavement in my family.

“My mum passed away which had stopped me playing on and off.

“She told me to do whatever I wanted to do, so I’m going to keep her with me and hopefully she’ll be with me through the season.

“It’s a new start for me and it’s about getting back playing. I want to start fresh.

“It’s good feeling knowing that they’ve seen my capability and that I can do well for the team, and I want to show for that in my game.

“I have to make sure I get that first-team spot and compete against the other ‘keepers in the squad.”