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Naomi Hartley signs for the Blades

4 July 2019

Sheffield United Women are delighted to announce the Club has signed Manchester United Women defender Naomi Hartley on a permanent deal.

The 18-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Olympic Legacy Park, making seven league appearances and helping the Blades go on a run of seven wins in a row until the end of the FA Women's Championship season.

Coming through the ranks at Burnley and Blackburn Rovers before joining Manchester United's academy, Hartley spent a year with Liverpool in the FA Women's Super League before re-joining Casey Stoney's side when they entered the Championship alongside Sheffield United last year.

Hartley will now link back up with Carla Ward's squad to begin preparations for the 2019/20 season and our opening league match away at Aston Villa on August 17th/18th, and the manager is happy to have the teenager back in Sheffield.

"I'm absolutely delighted to have secured Naomi on a permanent deal from Manchester United after what was a great loan spell. She was colossal for us at the back and I am delighted we've managed to secure her long term. She's a young exciting player with a huge future ahead of her and hopefully there's many good years for her here at Sheffield United."

Hartley too is delighted to be back for her first full season at Olympic Legacy Park.

"I'm really happy to sign for Sheffield United Women," she said. "I enjoyed my experience last season with a good group of girls and I'm now looking forward to what Carla has planned for this season.

"For me, it's a perfect move especially for my development and I feel that this team has got a lot of potential to do well this year! Let the winning streak carry on this season."

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