Leach Is A 'Keeper' For City Women
Posted: Tuesday, January 17th 2017
Thursday, January 19th 2017
Megan Alexander, Jasmine Matthews and Olivia Fergusson all agree new deals with Bristol City Women.
Another three City Women players pen new deals to stay at the club ahead of the Spring Series in April.
The 22-year-old joined the Vixens in January last year from Everton Ladies, where she was impressing down the left flank.
Prior to this Megan played for Liverpool Ladies and enjoyed a spell on loan at Oxford United Women and head coach Willie Kirk is clearly delighted secure the youngster on a new deal commenting: “Meg thoroughly deserves her new contract, and opportunity to play WSL1 football.
"She was probably our most improved player last season and her consistency in training and in matches was a big factor in my decision.
"She is a very determined and focused player and she will definitely not shirk the challenges that stepping up to WSL1 brings."
Jasmine Matthews had a tough time last season after suffering a serious achilles injury. However the England youth international has a proven track record after she helped the Vixens reach the 2011 FA Women’s Cup Final.
“Both myself and Jas have been equally frustrated with the fact that she has never played for me since I arrived at the club following her injury," said Kirk.
"We thought we had her back towards the end of last season but she suffered a back injury. I hope that her luck is changing, and I am confident that we will finally get her back on the pitch during the Spring Series.
"Without a doubt, she is a WSL1 standard player and it will be a massive boost for us to be able to have her as an active part of the playing squad.
"She has been so patient and has worked very hard to get back and hopefully that is rewarded very soon."
Olivia Fergusson joined the Vixens following the expiration of her contract at Aston Villa Ladies FC, where she had progressed through the Centre of Excellence and Development Team and into the first team, netting 8 goals in the 2015 season.
The youth international has agreed a new deal with City Women for the Spring Series.
“Livi did very well for us last year and played in all three forward roles. Her performances were a little inconsistent, as you get with attacking players sometimes, and we had to work carefully with her in terms of balancing training load and managing a few niggling injuries," commented Kirk.
"Last years experiences have definitely improved her as a player however, and giving her a new contract was never in doubt.
"I’m excited to see what impact she can have against some of the best players in the country during the Spring Series."
Now in WSL1, Bristol City Women will open their campaign against Reading at Ashton Gate on Saturday, April 22nd (KO 6pm) before taking on Arsenal, Chelsea and current league champions Man City at the Stoke Gifford Stadium.
The Vixens will also come up against former teammates when they face Liverpool at home, with Sophie Ingle, Tash Harding and Caroline Weir now playing for the opposition.
Tickets will be available for all games online via Tickets.Bristol-Sport.co.uk shortly with season cards also on sale in the next few weeks.
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