West Ham women tie down stars

  • by Jack Sullivan-Bissett
  • Friday, 19th July 2019

West Ham United manager Matt Beard has wasted no time in tying down four players after the conclusion of the club’s debut Women’s Super League season.

Kate Longhurst, Tessel Middag, Anna Moorhouse and Esmee De Graaf have all signed improved deals ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.

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30-year-old Longhurst signs a new deal having made 29 appearances in all competitions for West Ham last season. Life-long West Ham fan Longhurst made history by becoming the club's first ever goal scorer in the Women's Super League.

The midfielder - who has won two league titles with Liverpool - went on to score three times throughout the campaign.

Middag signs a new deal despite having yet to make an appearance for the club, the former Manchester City midfielder was seriously injured on international duty for Holland last summer for whom she has made 44 appearances.

Goalkeeper Moorhouse has extended her contract having become West Ham's first choice throughout the 2018/19 campaign. The 24-year-old was called into the England U23 team last season after making 16 appearances in all competitions for Matt Beard's side and starting the FA Cup Final against Manchester City.

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Finally Dutch international de Graaf has signed a new deal after an injury hit first campaign with the Hammers. The forward - who scored three goals in 13 appearances - was ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering an ACL injury in December.

Matt Beard's side will start their pre-season on 4 August against English Women's Championship side Aston Villa.

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