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 duo extend their contracts

Sheffield United defenders Naomi Hartley and Leandra Little have penned new contracts with the South Yorkshire club for the new season according to reports on The Blades’ official website.

The pair started 16 of Sheffield United’s 21 games together last season and the club were desperate to maintain that foundation going into the new campaign.

Hartley joined The Blades on a permanent basis last summer from Manchester United after initially spending time on loan at the South Yorkshire club. She has since gone on to cement her place within the starting XI, playing every minute of Sheffield United’s 28 fixtures. Hartley is very much an old head on young shoulders.

Veteran centre-back Little joined Sheffield United a year ago from then-top flight outfit Liverpool and she has been an integral part of the club finishing runners-up to Aston Villa in the 2019/2020 FA Women’s Championship. The defender made 11 appearances for The Blades in the second tier last season.

Holding onto two more of their most consistent players from last season is a big plus for Sheffield United in what is a slightly uncertain time for the club. Former manager Carla Ward recently left The Blades and they are yet to appoint her successor at The Proact Stadium.

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