Jess Carter became the club’s third signing of the summer of 2018 when the former PFA Women's Young Player of the Year joined us from Birmingham City.
Capped once by England at the time of her signing, Carter enjoyed a rapid rise while playing for our fellow Blues, having been recruited to their centre of excellence after being spotted playing for a local team.
She was given her debut in a Champions League game against Arsenal at the age of 16, winning the Player of the Match award after an excellent performance, and since then she went on to establish herself as a key player for Birmingham.
Playing predominantly at full-back, although also capable of playing centrally and in midfield, Carter barely missed a Women’s Super League match during her time in the Midlands and also helped her club reach the final of both the Continental Tyres Cup and the FA Cup, losing both to Manchester City.
The latter took place in 2017 and though it was collective heartache for Carter and the Blues, on an individual note she was honoured that year with the PFA Women’s Young Player of the Year award and her first cap for England, which came as a late substitute against Kazakhstan.