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Arthur and Emslie Commit To Bristol City

Chloe Arthur

21-year old midfielder Chloe Arthur has signed a new contract with Bristol City that will see her playing for the club during the Spring Series. This will be Arthur’s second season with the club, having joined from Hibernian in January 2016 after a season which had seen the Edinburgh club finish runners-up to Glasgow City across all three domestic competitions. Previously, she had played for Celtic, making her first-team debut when she was just 17 years old.

Bristol City’s Head Coach Willie Kirk, who had coached Arthur at Hibernian, was delighted at the news of her new contract, describing her first season with the club as “fantastic”. He also praised her consistency she had showed since scoring on her debut against QPR, right up to the club’s final game of the 2016 season against Oxford.

“She quickly found her feet and helped raise the performance in training day after day. She is a fantastic athlete and still has so many parts of her game to add improvement to, which is exciting for the future.”

Willie Kirk, Bristol City Head Coach

Kirk expressed his confidence in Arthur’s ability to compete in the WSL 1, and said she would be “an important player for us as we find our feet in the Spring Series”.

Arthur has represented Scotland at both U17s and U19s level, and has made six appearances for Scotland’s Senior Squad. Her last appearance came in Scotland’s 1-1 draw with Spain in March 2016.

Claire Emslie

Claire Emslie has also signed a new contract with Bristol City for the Spring Series, another player that Kirk managed during his time at Hibernian. She joined Bristol City last June, after a spell with Florida Atlantic University.

Emslie has already become a favourite with the Bristol City supporters, scoring ten goals and winning the ‘Sponsor’s Player Award’.


Kirk described the news as “huge” for Bristol City, praising her for making “an incredible impact” in 2016. He described Emslie as “exactly what we needed”, and complemented her intensity in training, saying it “allowed us to raise our levels”.

“She won the WSL Goal of the Season for her first, away to Everton, but arguably her second goal that evening was even better.”

Willie Kirk – Bristol City Head Coach

He stated that there were clubs interested in signing Emslie, but said, “her decision tells you so much about her as a person though, and it’s great to know that the Bristol fans will see her wear the red of the Vixens again.”

Emslie has represented Scotland at the U15s, U17s and U19s stages and also has two caps for Scotland’s senior team. She was a second-substitute in Scotland’s 2-2 draw with Denmark in January.

Bristol City start their campaign against Reading at Ashton Gate on Saturday, April 22nd 2017.

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