General view during the Belgium v Spain UEFA European Under-17 Championship 2018 Quarter Final football match at Walsall FC Stadium, Walsall, UK on the 14th May 2018. Photo: Paul Currie for FA

Teenage forward Goodwin earns first professional terms with Aston Villa

Teenage forward Isobel Goodwin has agreed her first professional contract with Aston Villa according to reports on the club’s official website.

The 19-year-old attacker becomes the latest member of Villa’s highly-rated academy system to sign senior terms with the club.

Goodwin is yet to make her first team debut for Villa but she was called into the squad by manager Marcus Bignot for the 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at The Banks’s Stadium in February while the player was also set to be a substitute for the postponed Second City derby.

The youngster has impressed for Villa’s WSL academy side and with Goodwin tipped for a big future in the game, the club have moved to secure her services by agreeing professional terms.¬†Goodwin is a late starter in the senior game as a result of the player sustaining a long term injury. Had she been fit, the club may have tied Goodwin down at an earlier stage rather than wait for her to return to fitness.

Despite the fact that Villa are fighting for their lives in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League, the club have maintained their commitment to the development of youth. Goodwin joins Olivia McLoughlin and Freya Gregory in being promoted to the senior squad this season.

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