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Women net Chelsea stopper

19 June 2018

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Sheffield United Women have made their first signing of the summer, with goalkeeper Fran Kitching joining from Chelsea.

Kitching returns to South Yorkshire having left the Sheffield United RTC three years ago to join the Blues.

The Maltby-born number one impressed on-loan at Watford last season and joins the Blades with hopes of furthering her England prospects having previously represented her country at youth level.

Speaking upon confirmation of Kitching's signature, United manager Carla Ward remarked: "I'm delighted Fran has agreed a deal to return to United, we've set out to get a number of former RTC players back and this is an important one.

"Fran was one of the outstanding goalkeepers in the WSL last season and someone we've been looking at for some time. She's young and hungry and keen to learn, but she also has some fantastic experience from her time at Chelsea."

Kitching added: "As soon as the Blades came in for me, my mind was made up.

"It's a fantastic opportunity to play for the club at senior level after coming through the Academy at the age of 10.

"It was a no brainer really as all my family are Blades and after speaking with the management and their vision for women's football at Bramall Lane I was sold and wanted to make myself part of something exciting."


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