While the transfers into the senior team may have come to a close with the Hannah Hampton signing, the Chelsea Women continue to add to next season’s loan army.
Not only is it about talent that can make an impact come September, but the Blues have also done a sensational job the last two summers adding and developing the players that could make up the team in the future. Last July, the west London outfit confirmed the signing of a promising young attacker, Lucy Watson. A year later, arguably one of the most talented U-20 defenders in England put pen to paper on a contract with the club.
Emma Hayes could not sign Bristol City center back Brooke Aspin until she turned 18 on July 1. That time has passed. On Thursday afternoon, the club made if official. The Bristol City academy graduate Aspin has agreed to a four-year contract with the four-time defending Women’s Super League champions. The 18-year-old will spend her 2023-2024 campaign back with the Robins, the club she joined in 2014, and the one she helped lead to promotion from the English Championship last season.
One of the best parts about this deal for Chelsea Women is the fact that they did not have to pay anything. According to City’s statement, no compensation was given to the Robins. Similar to the way English star Lauren Hemp moved from Bristol to Manchester City in 2018, and Evie Rabjohn to Manchester United back in May, the rules in the women’s game in England allow for controversial moves like these to happen.