Casey Stoney: England captain signs new Lincoln Ladies contract

Casey Stoney

England captain Casey Stoney has signed a two-year deal with Lincoln Ladies.

The centre-half, who also skippered the Great Britain side that reached the quarter-finals of the 2012 London Olympics, had been out of contract.

"This club has set itself big ambitions and I hope to help them achieve them," said 30-year-old Stoney.external-link

She added: "I am really happy to have signed a new deal with Lincoln. The vision of this club is fantastic and I am excited to be a part of it."

Casey Stoney
Casey Stoney has played 105 times for England

Stoney joined Lincoln from Chelsea Ladies prior to the first Women's Super League season and has helped the Lady Imps finish fourth in 2011 and fifth in 2012.

"Casey is a fantastic captain and has shown that at international level and by captaining the Great Britain team at London 2012," said Lincoln chief executive Luke Negus-Hill.

"Securing the services of Casey for a further two years shows the ambition of this club to progress and ultimately win silverware, in the not too distant future."

Managerless Lincoln have also signed England Under-23 international goalkeeper Ashley Baker - their first new signing for next season.

The 20-year-old was born in Grantham, Lincolnshire but has been at the University of Georgia in the United States.

Ashley featured for England at the Under-20s World Cup in 2008 and 2010 and is now a regular in the England Under-23 set up.

Negus-Hill added: "Ashley is not only an exciting prospect, but can offer a lot to the team now."

Earlier this month, fellow England internationals Sophie Bradley and Jess Clarke signed one-year contracts with the Lady Imps, with an option for a further year.

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