Dartford-based club London City Lionesses have held onto five of their key players ahead of the 2020/2021 season according to reports on the club’s official website.
The FA Women’s Championship club have revealed that that Juliette Kemppi, Freda Ayisi, Leanne Cowan, and Kallie Balfour will all be remaining a part of the team for the coming year whilst Hannah Short is extending her stay until 2022.
Finnish international forward Kemppi made the step down from Barclays FA Women’s Super League side Bristol City last year and went on to make 19 appearances in all competitions for her new club.
Former Arsenal, Birmingham City, and Leicester City player Ayisi has also committed herself to being part of The Pride again next year after making 15 appearances in white. Defender Cowan and attacker Balfour also appeared regularly for London City Lionesses in 2019/2020 with the former enjoying a hugely impressive campaign.
Defender Short, who also represents Team GB in beach football, will undoubtedly have pleased new boss Lisa Fallon by pledging her long-term future to the side.
In a time of great uncertainty for the women’s game, being able to plan for the future and knowing which players you will have at your disposal will without question make the coach’s job a lot easier.
Speaking to official club media sources about the new deals, Fallon said “I’m absolutely delighted to have these players on board for next season.
“There’s a real hunger in the group and I know everyone is looking forward to getting back to training and preparing for the season ahead.”
London City Lionesses were dark horses for gaining promotion last season after building on the squad which they had inherited from former FA Women’s Championship side Millwall Lionesses at the time of their franchise. Unfortunately for them, they fell short of the coveted top spot but still finished a more than respectable fourth place. If they are able to once again replicate that progression and attract top-tier talent, London City Lionesses could be crowned champions by this time next year.