Katie Wilkinson of Sheffield United Women Aston Villa Ladies v Sheffield United Women, Women's Championship football match, Trevor Brown Memorial Ground, Birmingham, UK - 18 Aug 2019 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

Sheffield United trio sign contract extensions

Sheffield United’s attacking duo of Katie Wilkinson and Jade Pennock and midfielder Maddy Cusack have all penned new deals with the South Yorkshire club according to reports on The Blades’ official website.

Wilkinson and Cusack have both been ever-presents for Sheffield United this season, whereas Pennock missed just two fixtures, the first games where she hasn’t featured since joining the club from Doncaster Rovers Belles in 2018.

Having such pivotal players commit their future to The Blades is a huge boost for their renewed promotion challenge next season. Sheffield United finished second this season as the campaign was brought to an abrupt close and they will certainly be one of the favourites to claim the FA Women’s Championship title in 2020/2021.

Striker Wilkinson finished the league campaign with 15 goals in just 14 games, making her the league’s top scorer in her first year with The Blades. Winger Pennock hit 11 goals in 12 league appearances while teammate Cusack contributed three goals and three assists.

After the trio signed their new deals, United boss said “Wilko has proved her importance this season, racking up not only a huge amount of goals but assists too. She’s become one of the deadliest strikers around so we’re delighted she’s put pen-to-paper for another season.

“Jade has come a long way in the past two seasons and has become such a key player for us. She’s a great person to have around the squad and I’m delighted she’s staying for another season.

“Maddy has had a consistently good 18 months but we also know she has so much more in her locker, so we see this being a really big season for her and we’re delighted she’s signed a new deal with the club.”

With a team of Liverpool’s stature dropping down a division, Durham finishing just two points behind The Blades last season and London City Lionesses rapidly accelerating up the league, the FA Women’s Championship title race next year could be tightly contested. Consequently, the retention of such quality players could prove to be the fine margins that see Sheffield United finish in the top position.

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