14/04/2024

Missy Goodwin is bringing the youth factor to Leicester. (Photo: LCFC)

English forward Missy Goodwin has put pen to paper and signed a contract extension with Leicester City ahead of the 2022/23 Women’s Super League season.

The 19-year-old youngster is one of many talents that Leicester will be looking to showcase this season.

Joining from Aston Villa last season, Goodwin appeared six times in the Leicester jersey. Unfortunately she has yet to net a goal in the Leicester colours. With the new extension, she will be hoping to have a larger impact this season.

Coming up through the ranks at Birmingham City, she spent ten years in their development system from 2010-2020. At age 17 and without playing a game, Aston Villa saw her potential and signed her on to a new deal. During her time with Villa, she played games for their youth academy and at first team level.

Her ability to find the goal and create opportunities in attack earned her the chance to represent England at youth level. She was capped for the England side at under 19s level.

(Photo: Twitter/MissyGoodwin_4)

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“It’s really good to sign a new contract here and I can’t wait to get going again,” the England youth international player said.

“Personally, I just want to get more exposure to this league and play against top players week in, week out. As a young player, minutes are really important, so hopefully I can impress on the training pitch and if I’m doing well, I can earn those minutes.”

Goodwin has enjoyed her time at the club so far as she nears the end of her maiden pre-season training with Leicester City. The club battled with relegation last season and are looking to surprise the rest of the competition.

“Obviously last season was a really tough season for us to get out of the relegation battle, but eventually we did it and it can only get better from here. We are just looking to climb the table as much as possible this year,” she continued.

“Mentally it was really hard, but we all got through it, we’re still in this league, and we’ve got another chance to show everyone what we can do.”

Lydia Bedford, who previously worked in England’s youth system is now the new coach of Leicester.

Bedford took the reigns of coach last season as relegation loomed. Known for developing younger players to their full potential, she will be looking to do the same in Goodwin’s case.

“I’m pleased for her. This club really allows her to show what she can do and I’m really excited,” Goodwin said when talking about Bedford as coach.

Leicester’s season kicks off on September 11 at 11pm (AEST) with an away game against Everton.

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