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Cliftonville Ladies had been expecting to start stepping up their preparations for the new Danske Bank Women’s Premiership season by now but, with football currently in lockdown, they find themselves playing the same waiting game as everyone else at the Club.

The sport’s suspension does, however, present us with an opportunity to get to know the players who will be donning the Red shirt during the campaign ahead and today begins a new weekly series profiling the team’s star performers – starting with Northern Ireland international defender Toni Leigh Finnegan.

Nickname: Ton, Toe, TL – there’s too many.

Position: Centre-half.

Dream job: Anything, as long as I’m rich.

Favourite coach: Jamsey Moore.

Favourite food: Burrito.

Football team you support: Liverpool.

Footballing idol growing up: Marissa Callaghan and it still is.

First football match you ever attended: Liverpool v Celtic, a friendly at the Aviva.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?: I scored a hat-trick against Kazakhstan.

Do you have any hidden talents?: Nope.

If you had to be self-isolated with one person from your team who would it be?: Niamh Connolly, the wee girl is simple.

What do you love most about being a Cliftonville player?: Playing with such quality players.