Saturday 22 May
Updated Saturday 22 May 09:56
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Grace Fisk signs West Ham United Women's contract extension


West Ham United Women are delighted to announce that Grace Fisk has extended her contract with the Club until 2023. 

The 23-year-old defender played every single minute in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League this season – a vital part of Olli Harder’s defensive line since the New Zealander arrived in East London in January. 

And Fisk is delighted to extend her stay with West Ham United – with the defender looking forward to the upcoming campaign: 

“I’m really happy to be extending my stay here at West Ham – I’m really excited for the upcoming season! There’s going to be a lot of changes, but that is also exciting and will improve the team for next season. 

“One of the main reasons that I wanted to stay here is because I’ve had the opportunity to play week in week out – whoever the coach has been has put a lot of trust in me. The most important thing for me as a player in my development is that I’m playing regularly, so it was an easy decision to sign up for another two years. 

“As long as I keep working hard and pushing on, as well as the club continuing to move forward then this will be the right decision.”
 

I think I’ve improved a lot and I still have a long way to go – West Ham is the perfect place to continue my development

Grace Fisk

Harder spoke of his delight in Fisk signing with West Ham United for the next two years:

“We’re pleased to have Grace onboard and continuing her development with us. We’re moving into a new and exciting future here at West Ham and she is firmly part of that. 

“We see Grace as somebody who has the potential future with the English National Team. She has a selfless attitude and is someone that strives every day to become the best version of herself. She is a great role model to our younger fan base an epitomises the values, attitudes and behaviours we wish from those who represent our football club."

The defender joined the Hammers in December 2019, which was the start of her career within professional football. Having previously played out in the USA for the University of South Carolina as well as Penn State University. 

The 2018 campaign wielded numerous awards and accolades for the young English defender. The season started with Fisk representing her country at the U20s Women’s World Cup, where the Lionesses claimed a bronze medal.

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She is a great role model to our younger fan base an epitomises the values, attitudes and behaviours we wish from those who represent our football club

Olli Harder

Fisk has played 27 times in the WSL with the Irons and is looking forward to adding to that next season. 

“It’s crazy because it feels like I’ve been here so much longer than I have, especially with last season being cut short. This was my first full season in professional football – it didn’t go as well as we’d all hoped, but for me personally I’ve come on a lot. Playing in the WSL is so beneficial when you compare it to college our youth team football.

“I think I’ve improved a lot and I still have a long way to go – West Ham is the perfect place to continue my development,” Fisk said.

And Fisk has lofty ambitions for where this West Ham United team could compete after some encouraging performances under Harder in the latter stages of the season - which saw them secure their top-flight status. 

“The aim next season is to be nowhere near a relegation battle – we want to be looking at the other end of the table, pushing those teams near the top. We showed towards the end of this season that we can compete against the very best in the WSL, now it’s about taking that next step and being capable of taking points off of those teams. 

“There’s going to be a lot of changes and it will take time for those players to gel, but I think you can see that we were making good improvements under Olli (Harder). If we’re all pulling the right direction, then there’s no reason why we can’t aim for 5th or 6th place in the table."

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