WINGER Melissa Lawley has ended months of speculation surrounding her future by putting pen-to-paper on a new deal with Birmingham City Ladies.
The 21-year-old was one of the Blues’ standout performers in what was a disappointing 2015 season in the Women’s Super League.
And manager Dave Paker said he was delighted to have secured the services of Lawley for another season.
“I know this is a big one for the fans and I’m delighted Melissa has extended her current contract,” said Parker.
“She is a great asset to the club and a player that will continue to excite the fans and get them off their feet.
“She is still only 21 years old and now has four seasons worth of experience at the highest level.
“The sky is the limit with her ability and will have a massive future at the club.”
Lawley began her career at Arsenal Ladies and enjoyed a short spell at Bristol Academy before moving the Birmingham in February 2013.
Her progression caught the attention of England bosses who selected her at Under-15 and Under-17 level, and she also played for the Three Lions at Under-19 level at the Ten Nation Tournament in La Manga.
Lawley has since gone on to become a key cog in Parker’s side and she will be hoping to help the Blues improve on least season’s sixth place finish in the Women’s Super League.
Blues have also this week confirmed that former England international Emily Westwood remain at the club for the 2016 season.
Westwood signed for the Blues in 2010 and formed part of the squad that were runners-up in the FA WSL for two consecutive years, while also helping the club win the FA Women’s Cup in 2012.
At international level, she has been involved throughout the entire youth team and has also represented England at senior level with over 30 caps.
Parker added: “Woody is a true pro and has been fantastic for this football Club over the years.
“Her experience and leadership is perfect for the balance and blend of the group and can help guide our younger players in the right direction to help fulfil their potential.”