A general view of the ground ahead of the game Chelsea Women v Bristol City Women, WSL football match, Kingsmeadow, Kingston upon Thames, UK - 13 Sep 2020 Photo: Chloe Knott for The FA

Veteran Chelsea goalkeeper Telford agrees contract extension

Veteran Chelsea goalkeeper Carly Telford has signed a new one-year contract with the club according to reports on The Blues’ official website.

The 33-year-old Jesmond-born stopper is in her second spell with the South West Londoners after previously representing the club between 2010 and 2013.

Since returning to Chelsea in 2017, Telford has won three FA Women’s Super League titles, including the 2017 FA Women’s Super League 1 Spring Series, along with both domestic cups and the FA Women’s Community Shield. The player has also been a regular in the England squad, although she wasn’t named in new national coach Hege Riise’s first squad for this month’s international friendly match against Northern Ireland.

Telford has made just three Barclays FA Women’s Super League appearances for The Blues this season but has proved to be an able deputy for Ann-Katrin Berger. With Telford being a reliable figure, Chelsea have moved to retain her services for another year. The deal includes a part-time coaching role with the club’s Under-16 and Under-18 goalkeepers.

In the last four years, Telford has made 75 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions, averaging a clean sheet in every 0.48 games. The player was most-recently in goal for The Blues as their 33-match unbeaten run in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League came to an end against Brighton & Hove Albion.

Telford will continue to compete alongside fellow Chelsea goalkeepers Berger, Zecira Musovic and Emily Orman for the number one jersey at Kingsmeadow during her extended period with the club.

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