A General view of the stadium ahead of the match Tottenham Hotspur Women v West Ham United Women, WSL football match, The Hive Stadium, London, UK - 06 Sep 2020 Photo: Chloe Knott for The FA

Tottenham Hotspur extend contracts of talented young pair

Tottenham Hotspur duo Jessica Naz and Angela Addison have signed new contracts with the club until June 2022 with the option to extend for another year.

Naz’s Spurs career began as a 12-year-old but it was briefly interrupted by a stint at Arsenal from the age of 15. She returned to Spurs at the start of the 2018/2019 season and played a role in the team’s promotion to the Barclays FA Women’s Super League, scoring against Aston Villa in the game that secured their place in the top flight.

The England Under-19 international has long been tipped as a star of the future but her entry into Barclays FA Women’s Super League football was delayed as she suffered an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury which kept her out for the entire 2019/2020 season. She finally made her Barclays FA Women’s Super League debut against familiar opposition as Spurs took on Aston Villa at The Hive in December.

Upon signing her deal, Naz told Spurs’ official media sources “I’m thrilled to sign a new contract and, in a way, it comes as a bit of a relief as well.

“My confidence and belief is growing every day and that’s down to Rehanne (Skinner), the staff and the team around me. There is so much quality in this team and I am proud of how far we have come. I feel like we as players are such a tight-knit group and like a family. We all have different strengths and are pushing each other to perform at our best.

“As a forward, your desire is to score goals and provide assists and I want to help the team win however I can.”

Addison was the second player of the day to extend her contract. She joined Spurs in the summer of 2018 and scored six goals in the promotion-winning campaign that followed. Last season, Addison scored four goals in all competitions including a hat-trick against Lewes in the FA Women’s Continental League Cup.

Her early years at the club left fans frustrated as her evident talent was let down at times by the feeling she wasn’t a team player but this season that seems to have changed and she has worked a lot harder for the team.

After signing her new contract, Addison told Spurs’ official media sources “I’m so happy to have signed a new deal. I love being a Spurs player and I am grateful for the trust and belief Rehanne (Skinner) has placed in me.

“When Rehanne arrived, she made some adjustments which have really helped me, especially as an attacking player – she encourages us to go forward and express ourselves. She is a great coach, her sessions are amazing and I feel like I am becoming a better version of myself.

“I think as a team, we are building in the right direction. Every training session, every game, we are getting better and that is what I want to be part of. I know we have so much more to give.”

Tottenham Hotspur return to Barclays FA Women’s Super League action against Everton at The Hive on Sunday.

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