A deep-lying midfielder who moved to Chelsea from Arsenal in 2016, Jade Bailey sadly missed our hugely successful 2017/18 campaign through injury.
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 - the same year in which she was part of the England squad which reached the final of the 2013 UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship in France - Bailey helped the Gunners win two FA Cups and two Continental Cups over three seasons.
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 and though she appeared on the bench late on in the 2017/18 campaign, she did not get on the pitch in a senior side match.
Having made seven appearances in the first half of the 2018/19 season, Bailey signed a new contract until 2020 and moved on loan to Reading until May 2019.