England extends to 2019
news Thu 20 Apr 2017
Beth England has joined her Chelsea Ladies team-mates Hedvig Lindahl and Karen Carney in signing an extended contract with the club within the past month. The versatile player’s latest deal commits her to be a Chelsea player until 2019.
The current season is Yorkshire-born England’s second at Chelsea. In 2016 she found the net five times in her 19 appearances, seven of which were as a starter. She came on as a substitute in the Women’s FA Cup final at Wembley. She has appeared in every game in what are the early stages of the 2017 campaign.
On signing her contract, England said: ‘I'm really grateful and happy the club want to keep me until then because I absolutely love it here. The players, the staff, the environment – I couldn't be happier here. I was really pleased when they approached me about extending it for longer.
‘For me, last year it was a big step, especially moving away from home. I've always been a northern girl at heart, so being down south has been a big change in my lifestyle and career. But, like I said, I couldn't be happier here. It gives me a bit of structure and I know I'm in the best place to keep working on my performance and picking up a new position as a wing-back. There's more to learn, more experience to gain, and I'm really happy.’
Her manager Emma Hayes added: ‘Beth has been working really hard in training and shown development since joining us, and she deserves the new contract. A year on from when she originally signed for us, we see a big change in her by being a full-time professional.
‘She is an adaptable player, she can play in a number of positions and she works really hard in training every day. We are delighted she has agreed to extend.’
England was previously with Doncaster Rovers Belles and has represented the national team at Under-19 and Under-23 levels.
- To celebrate her new contract, we’re giving away a shirt signed by Beth. Click for the chance to win.