Next Game

Thailand v Chelsea

Saturday, 30 May 2015, 12:00

Friendly Match

Stamford Bridge

Last Game

Chelsea 3 - 1 S'land

Sunday, 24 May 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Double signing for Chelsea

Chelsea have announced the double signing of Katie Chapman and Gilly Flaherty from Women's Super League rivals Arsenal.

Last Updated: 09/01/14 at 14:19 Post Comment

Katie Chapman and Gilly Flaherty, new Chelsea recruits

Katie Chapman and Gilly Flaherty, new Chelsea recruits

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The duo have been handed long-term contracts and will add experience to a young Chelsea side managed by former Arsenal Ladies assistant coach Emma Hayes.

It will be third time Chapman has worked with Hayes, after also playing under her for Chicago Red Stars in Women's Professional Soccer in America.

The midfielder, who made her debut for Millwall Lionesses at just 14 years of age, has also played for Fulham Ladies and Charlton Athletic Ladies and has represented England on 82 occasions.

Flaherty has just received her first international call-up and will team up with Chelsea days before jetting out to La Manga to join Mark Sampson's England training squad.

The 22-year-old defender scored the first-ever goal in the FAWSL back in April 2011, ironically netting the only goal of the game for Arsenal away at her new club Chelsea.

The former Arsenal pair, both originally from South London, take Chelsea's summer recruits to four, following the capture of former Birmingham City duo Laura Bassett and Rachel Williams.

Chapman, who is keen to help Chelsea improve on last season's position of second-bottom in the table, told Sky Sports News: "This is a new challenge for me and one I am looking forward to.

"We are building for the future and hopefully I can come here and prove myself as a player, and prove my worth to the team while helping make it stronger.

"We are aiming for higher things this season and hopefully I can play my part in that."

Flaherty admitted the lure of professinal football was one she could not turn down once she became aware of Chelsea's interest.

"It was a really tough decision for me to leave as Arsenal have been like a family to me," she said.

"I've been there since I was a youngster but like Katie said it's time for a new challenge for me, personally.

"I was working in three or four jobs over the past few seasons so for me to have the chance to come here and be a full-time professional was too good an opportunity for me to turn down."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

N

ow is the time for Allardyce to finally get a chance at a big club please. He is likely to have a number of great offers for his services this summer, but who will he choose? Will it be Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund or Man City?

medina_sod
Allardyce leaves West Ham

I

thought exactly this when the Match of the Day pundits were peddling this line. Is it really not okay for fans of a club to have some ambition these days then?

damoceltic
Bored Of Big Sam? It's Your Right...

H

ow magnanimous off him - to leave if he's asked to by the owners? What's the alternative, bunker down in his office claiming squatter's rights if FSG want rid?

feed the bear
Rodgers: I'll go if owners want

Footer 365

Officials arrested in Switzerland ahead of FIFA meeting

Six football officials, reportedly from FIFA, have been arrested on corruption charges, Swiss authorities confirm.

Danny Ings subject of £12m Tottenhan bid - Sky sources

Tottenham are ready to bid £12m for Burnley striker Danny Ings, according to Sky sources.

Eden Hazard is open to another 10 years at Chelsea

Eden Hazard wants to stay at Chelsea for years and join football's elite by leading the club to Champions League glory.

Mail Box

Who Is The Most Complete Striker Ever..?

...the answer is the original Ronaldo, Gerd Muller, Cristiano or Alan Shearer, depending on who you talk to. We also have one signing per Premier League (and promoted team)...

Reviewing Every PL Side's Season...

Time to half-heartedly agree or furiously reject some ratings. The mails also discuss the most complete striker ever in football, as well as Rodgers, Falcao and Bill O'Herilhy.

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company