Hibs Ladies Announce Seven Exits

Last updated : 30 May 2024 By Steve Forbes

Today, Hibernian Ladies announced the departure of seven players from the club this summer.

In a surprising turn of events, the departures from Meadowbank include the club's Player of the Year, for the second time, Scotland international Leah Eddie, and top goalscorer Jorian Baucom, both of whom were just named in the SWPL1 team of the season.

Additionally, Joelle Murray, the 37-year-old who is the club's most decorated player with two league titles and twelve cup wins, is retiring. She has made 507 appearances and scored 69 goals for the club.

Goalkeeper Comfort Erhabor will return to Brighton following the end of her six-month loan deal.

Another goalkeeper, Nina Wilson, is also leaving the club, which comes as a bit of a surprise given her solid performances in place of veteran Katie Fraine.

Midfielder Naomi Powell and the exciting Brooke Nunn are also among those departing.


Witnessing the decline of the ladies' team over the past four to five years has been disheartening.

They've seen the departure of key players, nurtured over time, for nothing—a pattern that appears to be repeating itself.

Leah Eddie's remarkable development during her five-year tenure with the team, culminating in her becoming a Scotland international, and then watching her leave for nothing will be a bitter pill to swallow for everyone at the club.

Wherever Leah goes next she will be a massive asset, wether it be England or, and it wouldn't surprise us, if she end's up in Glasgow.

Women's football in Scotland  is encountering challenges akin to those in the men's game, with the two Glasgow clubs now taking an interest in their women's teams and investing heavily.

You only had to look at Celtic's squad on the last day of the season, ex Hibees Amy Gallacher (who scored the winner) as well as the benched and wasted Lisa Robertson and Collette Cavanagh.

Two very special players sitting on the bench, look familiar?

Across the city you have the likes of Jenna Fife, Rachel McLauchlan, Chelsea Cornet and Lizzie Arnot all ex Hibees.

Regrettably, women's football lacks the over a century of history and established fan base that men's football enjoys.

With the two Glasgow clubs poised to dominate, other teams may lag, struggling to garner fan support, which is vital for the sport's growth. Without diverse champions, fan interest wanes, and the women's game risks stagnation.

There was a time when the women's game in Scotland had an enchanting unpredictability, with any team capable of victory and trophy success. Now, it seems to be following the men's game's path, just when it seems like it could take off.

We of course wish the Hibernian Ladies, and the Women's game in general, well next season.

However, we can see it getting tougher with each passing season for the teams outside the Glasgow two.

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