Fran Stenson returns to Sheffield United Women in permanent move

Sheffield United's new signing, Fran Stenson

Sheffield United have completed the transfer of goalkeeper Fran Stenson from Arsenal after the 22-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan with the Blades.

A former England youth team goalkeeper, Stenson has also played for Birmingham City, Manchester City, as well as loan spells at Blackburn Rovers and Brighton.

A commanding presence between the sticks, Stenson became a regular starter for Sheffield, keeping several clean sheets, including impressively against champions Bristol City, as well as Southampton, in the final month of the Barclays Women’s Championship campaign.

Stenson said: “I’m really excited. After I signed last season I knew where I wanted to be and I’m glad to finally get it done.

“The trust he club put into me last season, hopefully I repaid that in my performances and I’m excited for hopefully even bigger and better things this season.”

Head coach Jonathan Morgan commented: “It’s great to get Fran back. I was really pleased Fran bought into the project during her spell her last season and that was a big part in her staying. From my point of view, it’s fantastic to have a goalkeeper of her pedigree who was so instrumental in our upturn in form towards the end of last season.”

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