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Blackburn Rovers first team trio sign new deals

Blackburn Rovers have announced that Emma Doyle, Annabel Blanchard and Natasha Fenton have all signed new contracts with the club.

FAWSL Full-Time were made aware of the news via an official club press release issued by Rovers earlier today.

Midfielder Doyle was the first player of the day to sign a new contract, as she put pen to paper on an 18-month deal at Rovers. Doyle has made 16 appearances for Gemma Donnelly’s side so far this season, since signing from Everton in the summer of 2020.

After signing her new deal, Doyle said “Obviously I’m delighted to sign my first contract here at Rovers. I’m just grateful to the Club and to Gemma for having the faith in me and giving me the opportunity.

“I think this is the right Club for me and I’m just excited to be continuing my development here.”

January recruit Blanchard has also signed a new deal until June 2022. The 19-year-old became Donnelly’s first permanent signing of 2021, and she is now ready to push on and kick-start her Rovers career, after missing last weekend’s trip to
Charlton Athletic due to injury.

The England Under-19 international said “I’d like to thank Blackburn and Gemma for the opportunity, I’m just ready to start working hard to help the team move up and progress as much as possible.

“I want to get some consistency in my game and ensure we finish as strong as we possibly can in the league.”

Vice-captain Natasha Fenton is the final player to have signed a contract extension to remain a Rovers player until at least June 2022.

She is Rovers’ longest serving current player with over 160 appearances to her name. Fenton won Rovers’ Young Player of the Year award in 2015/2016, before becoming Player’s Player of the Year in both 2018/2019 and 2019/2020.

Fenton commented on her new deal by saying “I’m really pleased to extend my contract with Rovers and I’m excited to be a part of the plan that we’ve got going forward.

“We’re looking to improve and hopefully establish ourselves and grow as a Club. I’m looking forward to being on that journey and developing as a player.

“Hopefully we can finish strong this year, take that into next season and then look forward to the future.”

Rovers are next in action on Sunday 7 March when they welcome Durham to The Sir Tom Finney Stadium in the FA Women’s Championship.

Article author: Brad Saxton

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