Manchester City forward Lauren Hemp has signed a new contract with the club until June 2024.
City’s top scorer in the Women’s Super League this season has scored 28 goals in 81 appearances in all competitions since joining from Bristol City in May 2018.
The 21-year-old made her England debut in October 2019, won her first FA Cup with City at Wembley that same year and was named PFA Young Player of the Year for a second time in 2020.
After a second place finish in last season’s WSL, City are sixth in the standings after four wins in their first nine games, with Hemp playing a key role in helping Gareth Taylor’s side get through an injury-stricken start to the season.
He told mancity.com: “I am delighted to have signed a contract extension here at City.
“It’s a club where we are constantly competing for trophies and successes – I’ve already enjoyed some incredible moments here since I joined three and a half years ago, and I know there’s a lot more to come from this team.
“I am surrounded by some of the best players and coaching staff in the world, and having them around me will only help me develop further in the coming years.”
Taylor added: “We are absolutely thrilled that Lauren has been committed to this club for another two years.
“She is one of the brightest young talents in the game, she is a real pleasure to work with and has a very exciting future ahead of her.
“We’re just scratching the surface with her at 21 and that’s an incredible thought given what she’s achieved so far in her short career, but she’s also learning from everyone here at City.
We can’t wait to see what the next two years have in store for us as a team and for you as a player. “
Which WSL players can claim a Lionesses Euro team?
With the Barclays FA Women’s Super League returning to action this weekend and the Women’s European Championships just a few months away, which players can claim a spot on the England squad?
The Lionesses will play a home tournament this summer, which has been postponed for a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
As hosts, England will kick off Euro 2022 at Old Trafford when they host Austria on 6 July, and manager Sarina Wiegman – who led the Netherlands to victory in previous European Championships – will hold d ‘eye on the English WSL players ahead of his team announcement later this year.
As the league returns to action after the winter break and only a few months to make its mark, we look to up-and-coming England players hoping for a spot on the squad …
Cases of Covid-19 postpone WSL matches
Chelsea’s Friday game against Tottenham has been postponed due to a combination of Covid-19 cases and injuries in Emma Hayes’ team.
The postponement of the London derby followed Wednesday’s confirmation that Manchester United’s WSL trip to West Ham on Sunday was also canceled, due to an outbreak in the Hammers squad.
Both matches were to be broadcast live Sky Sports as the WSL returns from the winter break, but will now be played at a later date.
WSL and championship record 40 positive cases of COVID-19
The FA confirmed that 40 players and staff from across the WSL and Women’s Championship tested positive at Covid-19 in the seven days up to and including January 3.
An FA statement read: “Between December 28, 2021 and January 3, 2022, there were 40 positive COVID-19 tests between the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and the FA Women’s Championship.
“The federation is continuing to work with clubs to help mitigate the risks of COVID-19 within their teams and ensure players, coaches and staff are kept safe.”