The Blues’ are back at Cobham in training ahead of a new season.
And brace yourself – a lot of good news for our women has been revealed this week. Let’s take a look at what last week was:
New contracts for England and Cuthbert
WSL awarded ‘Player of the year’ Bethany England has resigned with Chelsea FC Women. The new contract ensures us that the goalscoring top striker will be a Blue until 2024.
She was rewarded with this new deal after her 14 goals in 15 appearances in the league. No one can say that England’s new contract is not truly and well-deserved after playing a significant part of Chelsea’s successful season 2019/20. The Blues’ won the WSL league title on points-per-game after the season was cut short due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but before that England scored an absolute brace in the 2-1 victory in the Continental Cup final in February vs Manchester City.
Bethany England’s road to success hasn’t been easy, and it has been a long journey. Just three years ago, Chelsea Women FC head coach Emma Hayes told her she would have to leave the Blues’ for Liverpool on loan. Bethany England certainly made the most of that situation, and she has shown the world where she belongs coming back to London with a BANG.
England is accompanied by Scotland international Erin Cuthberth, who also has resigned and extended her contract with Chelsea this week. Cuthberth joined the Blues’ back in 2016 coming from Glasgow City and has put pen to paper with a promise to offer her services to the club until 2023. Since 2016, the Scotland international has appeared 100 times for Chelsea. During the season 2019/20 she played a massive part participating out on the pitch in 23 out of 25 games, in the WSL and the Continental Cup.
Other positive news
The FA confirmed that the third round of testing, between July 20th 2020 and July 26th 2020, for COVID-19 across the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship, has been done. A total amount of 1544 tests were carried out, and none returned positive.
Another positive news, coming from the FA at the beginning of last week was that the FA Cup for Women 2019/20 will resume and have its winner decided by the end of October. The Blues’ will face Everton Women at the weekend 26-27th of October in the quarter-final. The final is scheduled to be played at Wembley October 31st.
Finally, the latest news coming from the Barclay’s Women’s Super League was Friday.
Friday, August 7th, they will let us know the first two fixtures for the league, that has a start date set to be 5-6th of September.
With that being said; can’t it be September already? Let the games begin!