Brooke Chaplen of Reading Women Reading Ladies v Yeovil Town Ladies WSL football match, Adams Park stadium, Wycombe, UK - 09 Sep 2018 Photo: Kieran McManus for The FA

Reading forward signs on for another year

Reading forward Brooke Chaplen has signed a new one-year contract with the club according to The Royals’ official media sources.

The 30-year-old Portsmouth-born striker has been with the Berkshire club since 2017 and has been a regular starter in the side.

Chaplen was due to be out of contract at the end of the season but it has now been revealed that she has signed on at Adams Park for a further year.

The forward started her senior career with hometown club Portsmouth and she scored for Pompey against Reading Royals in a 5-0 victory in 2006, just months before Reading dropped the ‘Royals’ element of their name. In 2008, Chaplen joined Chelsea but spent just one year with the South West Londoners before moving on to Everton.

During a five-year spell with The Blue Girls, Chaplen really began to shine and she was a regular goalscorer for the club during their UEFA Champions League adventures in 2010/2011. The player was a Women’s FA Cup final winner with Everton in 2010, coming off the bench as The Blue Girls beat Arsenal 3-2 after extra-time at The City Ground.

After Everton were relegated to the second tier in 2014, Chaplen joined Sunderland where she spent two years before moving to current club Reading.

Chaplen has played a key role for Reading this season in which she has netted five goals in all competitions.

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