Glasgow City F.C
at the age of 27 following mental health struggles.
Shine made the final of 106 appearances for the club in Sunday’s 2-0 Scottish
Women’s Premier League win against Hearts.
The forward, who lifted the lid earlier this year on her battles against addiction and
attempts to take her own life, said she had decided to “step away from football” for
her physical and mental welfare.
In a statement posted on social media before she played her final game, she wrote:
“As athletes we always have high standards and push ourselves to the limit every
time we step out onto the pitch. I have given football everything I have for the last 22
years, incredible highs but also intense lows.
“Throughout the last few years I have struggled both mentally and physically to
reach the demands as a professional footballer and with that I have decided it’s time
for me to put myself first and step away from football.
“My happiness and well-being need to come first and I’m excited to begin the next
chapter of my life.”
Having first moved to Glasgow in 2015, she ended that campaign as top scorer with
17 goals, including a hat-trick in a Scottish Cup final win over Hibernian, before
making her international debut against Spain.
Having left City after a second, title-winning season as top scorer, Shine returned to
score 19 goals in her first season back, including a last-gasp winner against Hibs to
secure a first Scottish Cup final triumph since her previous cup final heroics.
Shine scored a hat-trick on the opening day of the current season against Spartans,
playing five times in all, and head coach Eileen Gleeson described it as “the end of an
Gleeson said Shine was “an outstanding footballer”, “a brilliant ambassador for both
club and country”, “a winner”, “a leader” “a role model” and “an inspiration to many”.
Chief executive Laura Montgomery said “she will be a massive loss on the pitch and
in the dressing room” and that signing her was “one of the best decisions I have ever