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Jess Carter

BIOGRAPHY

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.

She made 24 appearances for the Blues last season, with eight of them coming on as a substitute. Carter is still only young and has a very promising future ahead of her.

Carter was called upon in the second half of the 2020/21 campaign following a knee injury to Maren Mjelde, and she stepped up to produce impressive performances in the right-back position.

Carter made 19 appearances for the Blues with one of her highlights coming in our Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich. Carter’s pin-point delivery was headed in by Pernille Harder to help Chelsea secure a place in our first ever European final.

The No.7’s performances throughout the 2020/21 campaign were rewarded with a contract extension in June 2021. Carter signed a deal to keep her at the club until the summer of 2022, with the club having the option to extend for a further 12 months.