Super Falcons defender Ashleigh Plumptre has embarked on a new chapter in her football career, as she officially signed with Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad Ladies on a free transfer. Plumptre’s move comes after her departure from Leicester City Women and her notable performance during the Women’s World Cup, where she played an instrumental role in Nigeria’s journey to the round of 16.
At just 25 years old, Ashleigh Plumptre has already proven herself as a rising star in the world of women’s football. Her impressive display at the Women’s World Cup garnered attention, and her decision to join Al-Ittihad Ladies has generated significant buzz within the football community.
In an announcement made on her social media platform, Plumptre expressed her enthusiasm for this new venture, emphasizing her commitment to both the club’s sporting project and personal growth. She stated, “Grateful to have signed for Al-Ittihad. Excited to start this journey alongside some incredible human beings. My journey of stepping into more of myself continues. It’s more than football.”
Plumptre went on to highlight her belief in the power of football as a means of connection and growth, not only for herself but for those around her, including teammates and staff. In a statement provided to the club’s media, she shared her broader aspirations, saying, “Everything I have done in my career so far is about doing something bigger than myself. I joined Al Ittihad because of new opportunities on and off the pitch. I’m not here with any expectations; I’m here to be myself.”
Her optimism extended to her eagerness to learn from her new environment, both as a football player and as a human being. She added, “I hope that I can learn and take so much from the environment as a football player and, more importantly, as a human being.”
Before her move to Al-Ittihad Ladies, Ashleigh Plumptre had an impressive stint with Leicester Women, featuring in 79 matches for the club. Her departure from the English side marked the end of her time with them, and she now looks forward to embracing fresh challenges and opportunities in Saudi Arabia.
Plumptre’s signing with Al-Ittihad Ladies underscores the growing international appeal of women’s football and highlights the club’s commitment to bolstering their squad with top talent. Football fans will be eagerly awaiting her debut in Saudi Arabian football, where she hopes to make a significant impact both on and off the pitch.