BIRMINGHAM City Ladies have managed to stave off the attention from several Women’s Super League clubs for Chloe Peplow after the young midfielder signed her first professional deal with the club.
The 16-year-old played a significant part in helping the Blues Ladies Development squad win the FA WSL Development League Cup last season after beating Sunderland in the final.
And after making her senior debut for the Blues in August, she maintained a regular spot in the first team matchday squad for the remainder of the top flight campaign.
Interest had been high in Redditch-based Peplow, who has been tipped to become a full England international after playing every minute for her country’s Under-17s at the European Championships in Iceland back in 2014.
But any doubts over her future have been cast aside after she signed a professional contract which will keep her at Blues for the next two years.
Blues ladies manager, David Parker, said he was delighted that Peplow has committed her future to the club and is pleased to see another player come through its Centre of Excellence and Academy system.
he said: “This continues to demonstrate our commitment to producing our own players but furthermore, and the most important of all, giving them a clear opportunity and pathway to the first team when they are ready.
“It has been common knowledge for a long time that Chloe has been courted by many of the other top clubs in the FAWSL and the maturity Chloe has demonstrated throughout this time has been of the highest order.
“For a young player to be pursued so vigorously by other clubs demonstrates the girls’ potential but by committing to us shows the maturity to see the most important aspects in a young player’s development, and at such a key time for her in the coming years so this potential is fulfilled.
“I know the fans are already warming to Chloe having watched her make her debut last season (at just 16 years of age), which unfortunately got cut short by a niggling injury at a time where she was cementing her credentials.
“This is another player the fans can identify with as a local home grown girl that has come through the ranks and loves the club.
“Furthermore, I would like to thank the club, board and CEO for their unrivalled and continuing support of our development system so we can continue to produce the best players for club and country.”