Bristol City forward Melissa Johnson has left the club according to reports on The Robins’ official website.
The 30-year-old experienced campaigner joined Lauren Smith’s side last summer and helped the club to achieve a third-place finish in this season’s Barclays Women’s Championship.
Johnson hit four goals in 17 Barclays Women’s Championship appearances for Bristol City with 14 of those outings coming as starts. The forward was the fifth-highest goalscorer for The Robins in the league this season.
With the campaign now over, Bristol City have this evening confirmed Johnson’s departure. The player leaves The Robins’ High Performance Centre on good terms with the club and having enjoyed her most playing minutes in a season since 2018/2019 when Johnson was a regular for a newly-promoted Leicester City side.
Johnson’s departure leaves another hole for head coach Smith to fill in the Bristol City attack. With loanee Aggie Beever-Jones having returned to parent club Chelsea at the end of the season, Bristol City have lost nine league goals from their attack. Head coach Smith is almost certain to recruit some exciting new faces to the forward line in the current transfer window.
Bristol City will be targeting a more serious promotion push in 2022/2023, their second season back in the Barclays Women’s Championship.