Olivia Chance of Bristol City Women Bristol City Women vs Manchester City Women, WSL football match, Stoke Gifford Stadium, Bristol, UK - 24 Nov 2019 Photo: Kieran McManus for The FA

New Zealand international joins Sheffield United

Sheffield United have completed the signing of New Zealand international midfielder Olivia Chance according to reports on The Blades’ official website.

The 26-year-old Tauranga-born midfielder joins Sheffield United on a free transfer after leaving Barclays FA Women’s Super League club Bristol City at the end of last season.

Chance started her career back in her homeland with Claudelands Rovers before enjoying a spell in Iceland with Briedablik. In 2017, the player moved to England where she joined top flight side Everton. The midfielder made 12 appearances for The Blue Girls in the FA Women’s Super League.

The player swapped Merseyside for the South West last summer with Chance joining Bristol City. She appeared in every league fixture for The Robins as they successfully avoided relegation to the second tier.

Upon joining Sheffield United, Chance told the club’s official media channels¬†“It’s nice to be back playing. The sessions have been good and I’ve enjoyed the intensity, the short, sharp nature of them. I’d had some good discussions with Neil beforehand and I like him as a coach and as a person. I think that really helped my decision to come to the club.

“It’s always exciting to be joining a new club and to play football, especially this year when there’s been so much inconsistency. I’m looking forward to maybe having a bit more of the ball than I did last season, playing for a team that is so strong in their league.”

Chance has signed a short-term deal with The Blades. The player could go straight into the squad for tomorrow’s FA Women’s Championship fixture against London Bees.

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