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NINE WOMEN'S TEAM PLAYERS SIGN NEW CONTRACTS

25 August 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Vicky Ashton-Jones

Brighton & Hove Albion are delighted to announce that nine first-team players have signed new contracts with the club ahead of the upcoming FA Women’s Super League season.
 
Kirsty Barton, Vicky Ashton-Jones, Jenna Legg, Kate Natkiel, Sophie Perry, Laura Rafferty, Amelia Ritchie, Lucy Somes and Bronwen Thomas have all penned new deals ahead of the new season, which starts with a game against Aston Villa on Sunday 24th September.
 
Women’s and girls’ general manager Kirsty Hulland said, "This is a very exciting time for the club, as we embark on our first full season in the FA WSL. We are delighted these players have signed new contracts for the new season, after playing for the club in the FA WSL Spring Series.
 
"Hope Powell is yet to begin full-time with the club, but she has had plenty of input ahead of the new season, liaising closely with George Parris and Amy Merricks on all matters, including recruitment, as the squad prepares for the Aston Villa game next month.
 
"The aim has been to create a good blend of youth and experience among the players - and alongside the new signings - we are delighted with how the squad is shaping up for them new season, and we intend to further strengthen the squad ahead of the opening game."
 
Powell is set to start work full-time with Albion at the end of September, having concluded her work with the PFA, coaching young players released by clubs at the end of last season.
 
Albion have already bolstered the squad with additions of former England international Danielle Buet and Nigeria international Ini Umotong, while Fliss Gibbons returned to the club following a successful first spell in 2014/15.

Meanwhile, the club confirmed this week that long-standing pair Faye Baker and Charley Boswell have left the club after rejecting new one-year deals.
 
England youth internationals Alessia Russo and Hollie Olding have also departed for football scholarships in the United States, for the University of North Carolina and Kentucky University respectively.


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