Chelsea have announced that Jess Carter has signed a contract extension to keep her at the club until June 2022, with an option to further extend her contract until June 2023.
Carter first joined Chelsea from Birmingham City in June 2018 and has gone on to help the Blues win four trophies during her time at the club, including consecutive Women Super League and League Cup titles in the last two seasons and a runner-up finish in 2020-21 UEFA Women’s Champions League.
Speaking on her decision to stay at the club, Carter said: “I’ve grown so much here at this club, both on and off the pitch. I’ve hit a point now where I know what is expected of me, I know what I need to bring to the table, and I feel like I’m in a position now where I’m finally starting to compete with some of the girls.”
The 23 year-old also spoke of her belief that she can do ‘more’ to help Chelsea to further success and is “really excited to see what we can go on and achieve after this successful year.”
Chelsea Women’s General Manager, Paul Green revealed his delight to retain Carter and praised her for stepping up her game, especially in the season’s run-in, commenting: “She came into the team at a crucial point in the season and showed an assurance and calmness that is needed at the business end of a season.”
Jamie-Lee Napier Departs Chelsea
Chelsea also confirmed at the same time that Jamie-Lee Napier has departed the club after two seasons in which she only managed four appearances in all competitions, before spending 2020-21 season on loan at Birmingham City.
Club Manager, Emma Hayes paid tribute to Napier for her efforts, saying: “Jamie’s a young player and will continue to improve with regular game time. She has a bright future ahead and we wish her all the best in her next chapter.”
Chelsea have placed on record their thanks to Napier for her efforts at the club and ‘wish her every success for the future.’