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Four more sign on for new season

9 July 2020

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Sheffield United Women are delighted to announce that Veatriki Sarri, Chloe Dixon and goalkeeping duo Becky Flaherty and Emily Batty have signed new contracts ahead of the 2020/21 season.

The renewals see the club tie down the spine of the team with Flaherty and Batty sharing goalkeeper duties last season, while Dixon and Sarri were regularly used in the full-back positions, scoring four goals between them.

Goalkeeping duo Flaherty and Batty both arrived at the club last summer from Everton and Doncaster Rovers Belles respectively.

Flaherty started every league game until a hip injury curtailed her season, while Batty was a regular starter in the Continental Cup but kept a clean sheet on her league debut away at Coventry United in January.

"I'm delighted to re-sign with Sheffield United. This is the perfect place for me to develop with fantastic coaches and a great squad. I'm really excited to further develop my game after picking up an injury that cut short my season.

"I've been working hard in lockdown to come back a better player and next season will be an exciting time for us as we look to better our performances from last season."

On her renewal, Batty said, "I'm delighted to extend my stay at Sheffield United. I feel the coaching has helped me develop as a goalkeeper massively over the past year since first joining. I'm excited to learn more and improve further over the coming season and I feel that this club is the best place for me to be able to achieve that.

"I've been working hard in lockdown and I'm eager to get back into training with the girls and hopefully we can go one better this season. I'm excited about the challenges ahead."

The versatile Dixon arrived at the club in 2018 from Sheffield FC where she spent several seasons playing alongside former manager Carla Ward.

A regular in several positions over the past two seasons, Dixon has proved to be a reliable squad member, appearing in 35 of the team's 48 games over the last two years.

Playing as a striker, Dixon scored her first league goal against Blackburn earlier this season but has also been used as a full-back or winger in a Blades shirt.

"I had no doubts in where I wanted to be playing my football. I believe we have the capability to be going places and I also feel Sheffield United is the best place for me to progress as a player as I know the other players back me. I hope we can really compete this year."

Greece international Sarri has also been an almost constant presence since making her first team debut in 2018.

Shining in the club's academy, Sarri was fast-tracked into the first team early in the 2018-19 season and has gone on to make 36 appearances, including all 21 games of the 2019-20 season.

With five goals and 11 assists to her name, the skilful winger has also proven herself at full-back and has become a regular in the Greece national team.

"I'm really happy to have signed a new contract with Sheffield United. I truly believe in this team and l can't wait to get back playing with the girls and to get this team where it deserves to be."

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