England youth skipper gets first pro deal with Chelsea Women

Chelsea's Charlotte Wardlaw
Charlotte Wardlaw (right) in FA Cup action against Charlton Athletic. (Photo: Tess Derry via Imago)

A Young Lionesses captain from U-15s through to U-19s, Charlotte Wardlaw has now secured her first professional contract with Chelsea Women.

The 18-year-old midfielder, who joined Chelsea’s Academy aged 15, has signed a deal through to summer 2023 with a further one-year option available.

Wardlaw made her senior debut in November 2019 against Spurs in the Conti Cup, also appearing for the Blues in an FA Cup ties against Charlton Athletic in 2020 and London City Lionesses this year.

Wardlaw told chelseafc.com: ‘It’s amazing, I feel very proud of myself and I feel very honoured to be offered it. Sometimes I feel like I need to take a step back and truly look at what I’ve achieved because when you’re in it, you can sometimes forget how far you’ve come. I’m very grateful to be offered this and I’m very excited to finally be officially part of the team.’

Chelsea FC Women general manager Paul Green commented: ‘Charlotte is a great young player who is adaptable to play right-back or centre-midfield. She is developing really well and has proven that when called upon for the first team, she can perform at that level. As part of her future development, we’ll be looking to send her out on loan for the forthcoming season to ensure she gains valuable game time.’

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