I'm looking forward to getting going.Louise Quinn
The defender joins the Club on a two-year contract (subject to international clearance) and becomes the second signing of Scott Booth’s tenure.
Quinn most recently played for Fiorentina and helped Viola to finish fourth in the 2020/21 Women’s Serie A.
Earlier this month, the Republic of Ireland international confirmed she would be leaving the Italian side, with Blues now revealed as her home for the upcoming Barclays FA Women’s Super League season.
After completing the move, Quinn told BluesTV:
"I am really happy to be back in the WSL and to join a club like Birmingham. It is brilliant to be back and I'm looking forward to getting going.
"What the Club offers, what it does and what it believes in, it is a battling team and I'm an Irish girl who's always up for a battle.
"When the offer came around I just thought it was a great opportunity for me.
"I like to do a lot of talking, almost coaching on the pitch, and on the training pitch. I am 100% at training as I want to make sure I get the best out of myself, so I know when it comes to matchday I have put myself in the best position that I can.
"It's definitely something that I want to bring - that bit of experience - but I am still learning too. I know I am going to learn a lot from Scott [Booth] and the girls."
The 30-year-old embarked on a playing career in her homeland, representing both Peamount United and University College Dublin, and won the Irish Cup at the second attempt with the former in 2010. A year later the centre-back scored a hat-trick in a UEFA Women’s Champions League qualifier against ŽNK Krka of Slovakia.
Quinn’s success on the Emerald Isle saw her move to Sweden in January 2013, helping Eskilstuna United to promotion from the second division and then a seventh-place finish in the Damallsvenskan.
In 2015, the team finished runners-up to FC Rosengard, subsequently qualifying for the Champions League as Quinn became an ever-present in the league before moving back to England and briefly joining Notts County.
A switch to Arsenal followed in May 2017, with Quinn making over a half-century of appearances across three years in North London and winning both the Continental FA Women's Continental Tyres League Cup (2017/18) and the Barclays FA Women's Super League (2018/19).
For her country, Quinn has received more than 80 international caps, scored 11 times and in both 2013 and 2019 was named the FAI’s Women’s Player of the Year.
She will now link up with a fellow recipient of that award, Harriet Scott, and the rest of her new teammates when pre-season commences on July 19.
And you can see them all in action this season at St. Andrew’s by purchasing your 2021/22 season ticket today!
Welcome to Blues, Louise!