Just four days before Notts County get their 2016 season underway, Natasha Flint has left the club.
The Lady Pies announced on their official website today that they and Flint have mutually agreed to terminate her contract for "personal reasons," adding that the decision was made "regretfully" on their behalf.
Notts added that everyone at the club wishes the 19-year-old "all the best for the future," with it just three months since she joined them after leaving Manchester City.
Struggle to settle
The off-season has been a rocky one for Flint, who has been affiliated with three clubs since the end of the 2015 FAWSL season.
She left the Citizens after being granted just one league start and five appearances off the bench in 2015, as well as coming on as a substitute a further three times in the WSL Cup.
As a result, it came as little surprise to see the England under-19 international leave the club at the end of the season, joining third-tier side Preston North End for a short period.
However, it certainly was a shock to see her leave Notts today, just three months after she joined the club on a one-year deal. What lies ahead for her now remains to be seen as she looks to nurture her talent with some regular game time.
Space for Notts to fill
Just a few days before the Lady Pies take on Durham in the FA Women's Cup, and only a week before the beginning of the new WSL 1 season, there's not much time for Notts to bring in a replacement for Flint.
However, the club took to their official Twitter account to assure fans that they are working on things behind the scenes, saying that it is "likely" that they will sign "at least one player" by Friday.
Furthermore, they added that "hopefully" they will have brought in "two [more players] before the transfer window closes."