Lauren Hemp has extended her contract with Manchester City until 2027, after over 150 appearances for the club.

Barcelona Femeni was rumoured to have expressed interest in the player, but following the contract extension, Hemp will remain in the Women’s Super League for the next 3 years.

Hemp has regularly appeared in the team’s front line since joining in 2018 and following striker Bunny Shaw’s injury late this season, she will play a key role in maintaining City’s position at the top of the table.

She joined the club after a successful early career at Norwich City and later Bristol City, being named the PFA’s Women’s Young Player of the Year there in the 2017-18 season.

She later held this title for three seasons in a row at Manchester City.

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The winger scored City’s 700th goal in 2022 and was used in all 22 league games in the 2021-22 season.

The title race is looking increasingly likely to swing in Gareth Taylor’s favour, after Chelsea’s defeat at the hands of Liverpool this Wednesday.

Hemp has contributed massively to the club’s success this season with with 9 goals and 7 assists.

She is also the club’s only player in April to have been nominated for Barclays Player of the Month.

Hemp told Manchester City: “This is a special team and I really want to be involved in the squad for the next few years. I feel like you can’t get rid of me!

“We’ve not yet won every trophy I want to win yet. I’m so passionate about this club, and there’s no place I’d rather be.”

Featured image courtesy of Isaac Parkin/Manchester City.

By Abby Rampling-Mott

Trainee multimedia journalist based in Preston. Abby is also a co-host on the LG Women's Football podcast.