The pitch at Leigh Sports Village is seen before the game Manchester United Women v West Ham United Ladies, FA Continental Tyres League Cup Quarter-Final football match, Leigh Sports Village, Leigh, UK - 09 Jan 2019 Photo: Jon Super for The FA

Manchester United defender signs contract extension

Versatile defender Amy Turner has extended her contract with Manchester United to keep her at the club until summer 2021 according to reports on the club’s official website.

Turner was part of the first wave of players to join Manchester United when they formed their inaugural professional women’s team back in 2018.

During the side’s opening campaign which saw them win the FA Women’s Championship and gain promotion to the Barclays FA Women’s Super League, she formed a formidable partnership with her namesake Millie Turner in the centre of defence. With the transfer of Abbie McManus to The Red Devils, Turner has found her opportunities limited at the heart of the United defence but has filled in superbly in both full-back positions when called upon.

Turner has accumulated 43 appearances in her first two seasons with the club. She will initially stay at the Leigh Sports Village for a further 12 months but her deal includes the option to extend by a further year.

“I’m really happy to be continuing my journey with this fantastic club” Turner said after signing her contract extension. “I knew when I joined that we would be creating something special here and I can’t wait to get back to playing football next season.

“I want to thank Casey and the coaching staff for their guidance over the last couple of years, and also the fans for all of the support they give us.

“We’ve been without football for a while now, so I’m just ready to get started next season and show what we can achieve as a team.”

The retention of Turner’s services for another year should come as no surprise to followers of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League. Manchester United had the third-best defence in the division last season, conceding just 12 goals, half as many as Reading who were just one place behind them in the league. At the other end of the pitch, United’s 24 goals scored is way behind third-placed Arsenal’s tally of 40. We should not expect changes at the back for Casey Stoney’s side, instead additions and improvements upfront are likely as United look to push towards challenging for UEFA Women’s Champions League qualification.

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