Arsenal’s Australian forward Caitlin Foord has extended her contract with the club. The Australian international joined from Portland Thorns in January 2020 and her previous deal was set to expire this summer.
Foord has since been joined at the club by international teammates Steph Catley and Lydia Williams. Despite the departure of her compatriot Joe Montemurro last summer, Foord has impressed new boss Jonas Eidevall and forced her way into the team in the second half of the season.
Caitlin’s was a target for other clubs in the January transfer window but their advances were firmly rebuffed by Arsenal, indicating they always saw the Matildas stalwart, who passed 100 caps for her country recently, as part of their future plans. Juventus and Manchester United made offers too.
The 27-year-old told Arsenal.com, “It feels amazing. Since I joined this club, I’ve absolutely fallen in love with being here. I think I mentioned in one of my early interviews that I had lost my way in football a bit, but since being here I’ve absolutely fallen in love and found myself again.
“We’ve been inching towards winning lots of silverware and that’s definitely going to be the plan for next year. We want to win multiple trophies and I think with the squad, the team, the players and the support we have, we have the squad to be able to do it.”
Head Coach Jonas Eidevall added: “Caitlin is a top player and an integral part of what we’re building here. Her contribution in both attack and defence are crucial to our game, so we’re delighted that she has signed a new contract. This is an ambitious club and Caitlin is central to that.”
Head of Women’s Football Clare Wheatley said: “We’re all very pleased that Caitlin will be staying with us. She is a wonderful footballer in her peak years, so she is exactly the kind of player we want to keep at this club. We look forward to seeing Caitlin in action for Arsenal in the years to come.”