Jade Bailey

Date of birth: 11 November 1995
Place of birth: London, England
Position: Defender/Midfielder
Nationality: English
International: England Under-17, Under-19 and Under-23
Trophies won at Chelsea: FA WSL Spring Series 2017

Primarily a deep-lying midfielder, Jade Bailey swapped Arsenal for Chelsea ahead of the 2016 season.

In her first season with the Blues she appeared in 16 matches, 10 of which were as a starter, displaying calmness in possession from her preferred role at the base of the midfield. Bailey was also deployed in defence as part of a back three, most notably on the final day of the season at Notts County when she confidently dealt with the physical threat of former Blues forward Rachel Williams.

Having made the step up from the Arsenal centre of excellence to their first team in 2013, she helped that club win two FA Cups and two Continental Cups over three seasons.

A regular at England youth level Bailey helped England Under-19s to the final of the 2013 UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship in France.

As a youngster Bailey had the honour of carrying the Olympic Torch on the final leg of the Torch Relay in 2012.  Bailey arrived aboard a speedboat piloted by David Beckham and handed the flame to Steve Redgrave, who carried it into the Olympic Stadium to officially commence London 2012.

She was earmarked to fill the sweeper role during the Spring Series campaign, impressing in this position during the first two matches of the season in the Women’s FA Cup. However, a torn anterior cruciate ligament left her facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.