Thursday 10 August 2017

SOPHIE BAGGALEY JOINS BRISTOL CITY ON LOAN

The young goalkeeper has made the move after signing a new contract last week.

Baggaley, 20, has risen through the Club’s Academy to challenge for a starting spot.

But with Ann-Katrin Berger solidifying her place, Manager Marc Skinner believes this is a fantastic opportunity for Baggaley to develop further.

‘Birmingham City Ladies is committed to the continuing development of each and every person at our Club,” said Skinner.

“We have therefore agreed for Sophie Baggaley to be loaned to Bristol City Women for the 2017-18 WSL season.

“We are pleased that Sophie has extended her contract with us as she is a player with huge potential, however we believe that this loan is the right challenge for Sophie at this stage of her development.

“Everyone at Birmingham wishes Sophie a fantastic season.“

The Club has inserted a 24hr recall notice clause within the loan agreement to protect both parties.

The England U23 intentional is also not eligible to play in the Continental Cup or SSE Women’s FA Cup for Bristol City Women whilst Blues remain in the competitions.

Baggaley however has a bright future and could return if and when required.

But like all transfers, the move leaves an opportunity.

That means a chance for another young shot stopper to also develop in a FA WSL environment.

“We have worked hard at Birmingham to create an excellent goalkeeping department and we plan to continue the growth of each individual keeper,” added Skinner.

“This is also a great chance for Hannah Hampton (England U18s) and Frances Stenson (England U17s) to gain some vital experience with the first team like Sophie.”

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