Birmingham City have today confirmed via their official website that two of their star players in Lucy Staniforth and Chloe Arthur have left the club.
Staniforth’s decision not to extend her stay at the Midlands club comes as no surprise with the player having handed in a transfer request this time last year. As for Scotland international Arthur, her exit was maybe a little more unexpected but comes a no major surprise with some of her colleagues having already left the SportNation.bet Stadium this summer.
Both players moved Birmingham City in 2018, Staniforth joining from Sunderland while Arthur moved from Bristol City. Their performances for the club help both players earn their places at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019. Staniforth appeared in 10 of Birmingham City’s 13 Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixtures this season while teammate Arthur was fielded on 12 occasions.
With the bottom of the table potentially being even tighter next season, the fine margins that could be gained from retaining quality players could prove pivotal to Birmingham City’s survival. Fans will be disappointed to see the backs of footballers of Staniforth and Arthur’s standard.
There had been much speculation about the futures of both players at Birmingham City, particularly Staniforth with clubs like Everton, Manchester United, and Manchester City rumoured to be looking to employ her next year. There is one thing that isn’t up for debate, both her and Arthur will not be short of suitors, either in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League or possibly even further afield.