Charlotte Wardlaw talks about first professional contract

The versatile youngster, who can play across the backline or as a defensive midfielder, has agreed a two-year contract, with an option of a further 12 months.

Wardlaw made her senior debut back in November 2019 against Tottenham Hotspur in the Continental Tyres League Cup, featured against Charlton in the FA Cup in 2020 and started versus London City Lionesses in last season’s FA Cup competition.

She is honoured to sign her first professional contract with Chelsea and is excited to continue developing…

Emma Hayes is recognised as one of the best coaches in the women’s game. How exciting is it to be learning from her?

‘It’s so exciting, I feel like any time I’m in the presence of Emma, I’m always learning, whether that’s how to improve on the pitch or improve as a person.

‘I’m so excited to continue to work with her, she is one of the best in both the male and female game and she’s a big role model.

‘It’s such a surreal feeling to call Emma my manager and I can’t wait to start the season.’

You’ve been training with the squad for a season or so now, how do you think you have developed so far?

‘The squad have always been so welcoming and encouraging to us young players and it’s really helped with my confidence on and off of the pitch.

‘When I made a couple of appearances I’ve always felt comfortable because they have always been so supportive as well as the coaching staff.

‘On the pitch training is always world class, the tempo is always high and I feel like my decision making and my game play has got much quicker. Training everyday with the players we have tests all aspects of my game, it’s been really good.’