A general view of the stadium during the Slovenia v Portugal UEFA European Under-17 Championship 2018 Group B football match at Chesterfield FC Stadium, Chesterfield, UK on the 7th May 2018. Photo: Philip Oldham for FA

Sheffield United renew four more contracts ahead of upcoming season

Sheffield United have renewed the contracts of four more players ahead of the new FA Women’s Championship season according to reports on The Blades’ official website.

Goalkeepers Becky Flaherty and Emily Batty and utility players Chloe Dixon and Veatriki Sarri have all extended their deals at The Proact Stadium.

Shot stoppers Flaherty and Batty are set to enjoy their second seasons with Sheffield United. Flaherty made 12 appearances for The Blades in the FA Women’s Championship in her first campaign with the South Yorkshire club before her season was cut short by a hip injury while Batty proved to be an able deputy.

Both goalkeepers have international experience. Flaherty made her senior international debut for Northern Ireland last year while fellow goalkeeper Batty has been called up to England goalkeeper national trials in the past.

Versatile pair Dixon and Sarri have been utilised in various positions by The Blades. Dixon signed for Sheffield United in 2018 and has played a vital role in the squad featuring in 35 of the team’s 48 games over the last two years while Greek international Sarri has graduated from the club’s academy system. She has netted five goals and contributed 11 assists during her time playing in The Blades’ first team.

Sheffield United are bidding to go one better than last season by lifting the FA Women’s Championship trophy. The Blades finished six points adrift of eventual champions Aston Villa last season.

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