by Ben Gilby (24/8/22)
Above: Guro Reiten – a vital member of Chelsea’s success in recent seasons – has extended her contract at Kingsmeadow for a further three years. Photo supplied to Impetus by: Chelsea FC Women.
Chelsea have announced that both Guro Reiten and Jorja Fox have signed new three-year deals at the club.
Norwegian international midfielder Reiten has committed to three more years at the club, signing a contract until summer 2025.
The 28-year-old has been an integral part of Emma Hayes’ team since joining in 2019 from LSK Kvinner and has played a pivotal part in the clubs’ trophy successes having been a back-to-back Champion of England for the past three seasons, also securing two FA Cup trophies and Women’s League cups and the Community Shield during this time.
The influential midfielder made 35 appearances last season with 11 goals added to her tally with her most recent decisive strike securing the Blues the victory against Portland Thorns last weekend.
The versatile winger has also featured regularly for Norway since Under-15s level and made her senior debut for her country in 2014, going on to compete in the 2017 UEFA European Championship, 2019 World Cup and most recently featuring in the group stages of the Euro 2022 in England.
Upon signing her extension, Reiten commented: “I’m so happy to be extending my time at Chelsea for three further years. We’ve already achieved so much during my time here at the club and I really can’t wait to see what we can do next.
“A big thank you to all the fans, they have been a huge support throughout, and I look forward to seeing them all this weekend ahead of our new season.”
Chelsea General manager Paul Green added: “We are delighted that Guro has extended her contract with the club. Her goals and assists have been vital to the team’s success in the last few years.
“We look forward to seeing her continue to improve and develop in the upcoming years here at Chelsea.”
Young Gun Fox Signs On For Another Three Years
Jorja Fox has signed a contract extension with Chelsea which commits her to the club until the summer of 2025, before going on a season-long loan to Women’s Super League side Brighton & Hove Albion.
The Kingston-upon-Thames local joined the Chelsea Academy at the age of eight and progressed through the age groups, making her senior debut for the Blues against Aston Villa during the 2020/21 campaign. Fox then went on to make her first start against the London City Lionesses in a 5-0 victory.
Following the signing of her first professional contract in 2021, the number 29 went on loan to Championship side Charlton Athletic for the second half of the 2021/22 season.
Chelsea Women general manager Paul Green commented on Fox’s extension: “We’re extremely happy to be extending Jorja’s contract for a further two years.
“She has gained a lot of experience with the team over the past season and her loan to Brighton will now help her development further, gaining important WSL match minutes.”
This follows the recent announcement that fellow young Blue Emma Thompson would be heading to Lewes for a season-long loan, as well as Lucy Watson going on loan to Charlton.
Reiten and Fox’s news follows five new signings this summer with Buchanan, Perisset, Rytting Kaneryd, Svitkova and Watson joining the Blues with Bright and Charles both also committing to three more years with the club.