General view during the Belgium v Spain UEFA European Under-17 Championship 2018 Quarter Final football match at Walsall FC Stadium, Walsall, UK on the 14th May 2018. Photo: Paul Currie for FA

Baker’s dozen sign contract extensions with Aston Villa

It has today been announced that newly-promoted Aston Villa have retained the services of no less than 13 players ahead of their first foray into the top flight next season according to reports on the club’s official website.

Goalkeeper Sian Rogers and defenders Nat Haigh, Ella Franklin, Marisa Ewers, Elisha N’Dow and Asmita Ale are among those who have put pen to paper with The Villans.

In addition to those six players, midfielders Emily Syme, Nadine Hanssen, Emma Follis, Amy West have also signed with Gemma Davies’ team for next season ahead along with attacking players Shania Hayles, Sophie Haywood, and Jodie Hutton.

“With the players we’ve retained, we have the foundations for an exciting, talented and dedicated squad” Davies stated following today’s news. “This group were part of something special and I know they’re keen to achieve much more in a claret and blue shirt.

“As a club, we place a strong emphasis on our homegrown players, so it’s great that we will have so many playing in the Super League next season.”

It has previously been announced that eight players are leaving the club this summer including last season’s top scorer Melissa Johnson. Having now tied down many of the talents that made her side so successful last season, Davies has established a base on which to build upon in the lead up to the 2020/2021 campaign. There are just over two months remaining before the new season commences which gives Davies time to fill the holes left by Johnson and her fellow departees.

An obvious target going into the top division will be for Villa to consolidate in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League in their first year but another objective will certainly be to finish above their rivals from across the city, Birmingham City. If they are to achieve these goals, some experienced Barclays FA Women’s Super League heads may need to be added to the group in the next two months.

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