Rianna Dean of Tottenham Hotspur Women celebrates scoring the winner with teammates. Tottenham Hotspur Women v West Ham United Women, WSL football match, The Hive Stadium, London, UK - 12 Jan 2020 Photo: Kunjan Malde for The FA

Highly-rated full-back signs new Spurs deal

Ashleigh Neville has signed a new two-year contract with Tottenham Hotspur according to official club media reports.

The full-back joined Spurs from Coventry United three years ago and quickly established herself as a
key player, winning the Fans’ and Players’ Player of the Year awards at the end of her first season.

Her second season with the club saw Neville feature in 19 of Spurs’ 20 FA Women’s Championship games. She became the first defender to win the FA Women’s Championship Player of the Month award in April.

As the promotion race intensified towards the end of the season, Neville made vital contributions at both ends of the field to cement her place in the history of the club. She scored twice as Spurs completed an important comeback against Charlton Athletic before making a goal-line clearance in the dying minutes of the game at Aston Villa, the North Londoners securing promotion with a game to spare.

Neville’s first professional season saw her make 12 starts in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League moving from left-back to right-back after the arrival of Siri Worm. The change in position has not fazed her and she continues to please the Spurs faithful with her marauding runs and clinical tackles. By early February, Neville had made more interceptions (31) than any other player in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and the second-highest number of tackles (44).

Upon signing her new deal, Neville told the Spurs website “I’m loving every minute at Spurs, the team and staff are incredible, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

“This is where I want to be, and I can’t wait for next season to start.”

By Sian Wallis (@Sian_Wallis)

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