Jodie Taylor will return to Arsenal Women in an off-field role as a Football Services Executive. Taylor spent two spells at the club as a player, including on a short term loan during the spring, before she officially retired in September.
The 37-year-old played for the Gunners in 2016-17 before making a surprise return on loan in March as an injury crisis gripped the Arsenal forward line. Taylor, who has enjoyed playing spells in the US, France, Sweden and Australia, as well as England, not joins in an off-field role.
An Arsenal statement read, ‘In the new role of Football Services Executive, Jodie will work closely with our Head Coach Jonas Eidevall, our Director of Women’s Football Clare Wheatley and our first-team playing squad and technical staff to support the continued growth of Arsenal Women.
“I’m really excited to be returning to Arsenal and taking on this new role,” said Jodie. “I’m looking forward to working with Jonas, Clare and the football leadership team across the club, as well as providing a link between the players and staff. I love how well-respected and supported our women’s team is and I’m excited to continue to drive the high-performance culture within the club.”
Director of Women’s Football Clare Wheatley said: “We’re so pleased to welcome Jodie back to the club as our new Football Services Executive. In this new position, Jodie will help to support our continued growth and development by working closely with myself, Jonas and the wider first-team playing and technical group. As a former Arsenal player and somebody with such wide experience across the women’s game, we believe Jodie is a wonderful fit to step into this role and help us achieve our goals.”