Arsenal captain Kim Little will join NWSL side OL Reign on loan for the summer months. The Gunners skipper played for Reign in their former guise, Seattle Reign, between 2014 and 2016.

Little retired from international football last summer and won’t be playing at this summer’s European Championships with Scotland, who did not qualify. So she has taken the decision to spend two months on loan in Seattle.

My understanding is that she will return to Arsenal for the first day of pre-season training in August. She has elected to do this to stay in peak physical condition given the four month gap between the last WSL season ending in early May and the new one beginning in September.

An Arsenal statement read, “We can confirm that we have reached an agreement for Kim Little to join National Women’s Soccer League side OL Reign on a short-term loan deal this summer. Kim will join OL Reign on 1 June and return to Arsenal ahead of the start of pre-season on 15 August.”