Wales international captain Sophie Ingle rejoined Chelsea Women ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.
The 26-year-old, who previously played for the club in 2012 and 2013, signed from Liverpool on a two-year contract and brings plenty of Women’s Super League experience to Emma Hayes’ squad, having spent the past two-and-a-half years on Merseyside and the two before that at Bristol Academy. She is able to play in defence or midfield.
Following Ingle’s arrival, Hayes said: ‘She’s a very intelligent player. We know all about her technical ability and we think she’s now got the right experience as well as the right pedigree to kick on and really progress with us. She’s got the versatility to play both at the back and in midfield and for us that is critical to what we are doing so she will be considered in both positions.’
Ingle played her early Women’s Premier League football at Cardiff City Ladies where she won the Welsh Cup. Her move to Chelsea followed, and an appearance in another cup final, this time the 2012 Women’s FA Cup decider although she was on the losing side with Matt Beard’s team missing out on penalties.
At Bristol she became captain and tasted Champions League football. They made waves by beating Barcelona. By the time she moved to Liverpool in December 2015 following the West Country club’s relegation from the WSL, she was skipper of her national side too.
Having played for Wales at Under-17 and Under-19 level, Ingle won her first senior cap in 2009 and has gone on to play over 50 times for her country. She was Wales' Players' Player of the Year and Wales' Supporters Players of the Year in 2016 and at club level she was named Liverpool Ladies Player of the Season last year.