NEWS: Johnson to Depart Durham
Durham Women FC can confirm that Annabel Johnson will depart the club at the end of the season.
Johnson joined the Wildcats in 2016 and quickly became a key member of the squad as she made the left-back spot her own.
Popular with fans and teammates alike, Johnson was also part of the Team Durham squad that won back-to-back national championships as the full-back benefitted from our Masters Scholarship Programme.
But now, Johnson will return home and will leave the club following Sunday’s visit to Watford.
Speaking after making her decision, Johnson said: “I've had a fantastic two years at Durham and I've thoroughly enjoyed getting the opportunity to play football at such a wonderful club.
"The fans are a particular highlight of mine here, and I've really enjoyed getting to know them and playing in front of such a good crowd.
"I would like to thank all of the girls for making me feel welcome when I first came and I've made some great friends here.
"I'd also like to thank Lee, Dawn, Mark and the other members of staff that work tirelessly to run a successful club.
"I don't have any immediate plans set it stone but Im moving back south closer to home, the aim is to continue playing football and I should also probably look into finally starting a career!"
Manager Lee Sanders added: “I recruited Annabel as a player for our Scholarship scheme with Durham University and identified her as someone with great athleticism and leadership qualities.
"She's never let us down and has been a key part of both the WSL and University programmes since she joined the club.
"She's been a virtual ever-present for us and is a great example of what this programme can offer players.
"She goes away with an excellent Masters Degree and we'll be sad to see her go, not just as a player but as a person also.
"She's given everything to me and to the club and she'll be an excellent asset for whichever club she ends up at next.
"She's contributed a great deal and is an extremely popular member of the team and everyone at Durham would like to wish her well for the future."