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Fran Kitching signs

22 August 2020

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Sheffield United Women have made goalkeeper Fran Kitching their fifth signing of the summer from fellow FA Women's Championship side Liverpool.

The 22-year-old shot-stopper returns to the club where she spent several years as a youngster, graduating the club's academy when she joined FA Women's Super League giants Chelsea in 2015.

Despite being a teenager, Kitching's talent saw her play in all three domestic competitions for the Blues at some stage before she joined Watford on loan for regular game time.

After leaving Chelsea in 2018, Kitching briefly returned to the Blades before receiving an offer to join Liverpool in the FA WSL, where she spent the past two seasons.

Now back at the club where it all began, Kitching completes a competitive group of goalkeepers at the club alongside Becky Flaherty and Emily Batty.

Growing up just 10 miles outside the city and hailing from a family of Blades fans, Kitching trained and played alongside the likes of former United midfielder Sam Tierney and England international Ellie Roebuck at the club's academy.

Now returning to Shirecliffe as a first team player, Kitching is delighted to be back home and can't wait for the new season to get under way.

"I'm really pleased to be here. It's been a long time away obviously with the pandemic, but it's just really good to be back playing and training again and I'm really looking forward to the new season.

"It's really nice to be back. In some ways it feels like nothing has changed, but then it feels like everything's changed, it's a weird feeling. My dad is a huge Blade and I know from going to games with him it's a family club. I know this city, I grew up just outside and to come back to the club where I started is a really special feeling."

Kitching will be part of the squad as the new season grows ever closer, with the Blades travelling to London City Lionesses on Sunday 6th September, before a first home game of the season a week later against Leicester City on Sunday 13th September.

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