Sheffield United Women’s versatile forward Bex Rayner has signed a new contract with the club ahead of the 2022/23 season.
The 23-year-old initially joined United back in 2018 as a teenager and enjoyed an impressive debut season before leaving for Nottingham Forest a year later.
Under current head coach Neil Redfearn, Rayner returned to the club in January 2021 and made an instant impact on the United attack, scoring and assisting as the team ended the season fourth in the table.
The creative attacker endured an injury-hit campaign last time out but showed her talent when on the pitch, scoring a crucial late equaliser at Durham as well as finding the net at Bramall Lane in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup against FA WSL side West Ham United.
Speaking about signing a new deal at the club, Rayner said: “It’s great to be signing for another season with the Blades. I’m feeling happy and looking forward to it.
“I feel like this season is very important for me after being hit by injuries last season, I want to hit the ground running and stamp my mark on the team which due to the injuries I struggled to do last season. I’m feeling fit and ready to go into pre-season and I’m looking forward to meeting back up with the team.”
Head coach Redfearn also spoke of his happiness at seeing Rayner commit to the club for another season.
“We had a few conversations with Bex towards the end of the season and there’s a real determination about her, you can sense that.
“She’s still quite young, but had a lot of experience and has unbelievable technical ability. Bex is at that point now where she can really affect games and we saw that in glimpses last season, she had some outstanding performances when she was fit.”