Caitlin Foord has signed a brand new contract at Arsenal Ladies, the most recent in a string of gamers to increase their stays with the membership.
The 28-year-old Australian initially joined Arsenal in 2020 from Portland Thorns and has to date made 94 appearances, scoring 35 targets.
In 33 appearances in the course of the 2022/23 season, Foord scored 11 targets with 9 assists. She can also be anticipated to symbolize Australia at this summer season’s World Cup, having beforehand performed within the 2011, 2015 and 2019 editions. She reached a century of appearances for the Matildas in April 2022.
Foord is the most recent Arsenal participant to signal a brand new deal after a flurry of exercise in the previous few months, with Frida Maanum, Steph Catley and Lia Walti all just lately agreeing new phrases.
“I could not be happier to increase my keep right here at Arsenal,” the ahead instructed the membership’s official web site after signing her new deal.
“I really feel like I am rising and enhancing being right here on this setting, so I do not need to go away that. I need to proceed to get higher and to assist the crew – I get pleasure from going out and coaching day-after-day and desirous to be higher and being surrounded by world class gamers. This appears like the precise place – the place I need to be.”
Head Coach Jonas Eidevall additionally mentioned: “Caitlin is an integral a part of our crew so we’re all delighted by the information that she has signed a brand new contract.
“She is likely one of the finest forwards on this planet and has carried out to a persistently excessive commonplace for us throughout my time right here, offering some essential targets and delivering on the largest levels. I am trying ahead to seeing what we will obtain collectively subsequent season and Caitlin will play a key position in that.”
Head of girls’s soccer Clare Wheatley added: “Everybody at Arsenal is delighted that Caitlin has agreed a brand new deal right here on the membership. She is likely one of the finest forwards on this planet and her new contract implies that she’s going to spend her prime years right here at Arsenal, so that is improbable information for all linked with our membership.”
Evaluation: Foord flourished throughout Arsenal’s injury-stricken season
Sky Sports activities’ Laura Hunter:
This has been an announcement season for Caitlin Foord. The ahead’s spectacular kind has softened damage blows confronted by Arsenal this time period, filling the numerous void left by the absences of Beth Mead and Vivianne Miedema.
Tying her down earlier than this summer season’s World Cup, which will probably be staged in Foord’s native Australia, is wise enterprise. If, true to membership kind, she impresses on the worldwide stage throughout July and August, the Gunners’ transfer will look even savvier.
Each Mead and Miedema have been sorely missed by Jonas Eidevall’s facet in a very injury-ravaged season, however the silver lining has been the emergence and subsequent flourishing of others.
Foord is on this class, as is Frida Maanum. What started as a ‘wants should’ experiment rapidly became a shock success story. Maanum was pushed larger up the pitch, working as a No 10 and linking notably properly with Foord and Stina Blackstenius. Considerably of an surprising trio, however for a lot of the season it labored, greater than papering over the cracks left by season-ending accidents to Mead and Miedema round Christmas.
Alternative knocked and Foord answered. She fits Arsenal’s progressive, pacey fashion of play and is a menace on both wing. Her dedication, alongside others who’ve additionally signed new offers just lately, is an indication the north London facet imply enterprise.