Siobhan Chamberlain

Chamberlain is expecting her first child

Monday 29 July 2019 15:00

Manchester United Women goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain has announced that she is expecting her first child in the New Year.

The 35-year-old, who has made 27 appearances for the Reds since signing from Liverpool last summer, will remain a part of the squad in what is our first season in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.

She will take part in a reduced training programme and explore off the pitch activities with the club.

Manchester United would like to congratulate Siobhan and husband Leigh on their news.

“We are both filled with so much love and excitement looking ahead to the coming months, as we prepare to become parents,” said Siobhan, who has won 50 caps for England.

Siobhan was a key member of the squad which claimed the FA Women's Championship title in 2018/19.

“I want to say a huge thank you to Casey and everyone at Manchester United who have been brilliant with me since we received the news.

“I’m going to use the next few months to work on certain aspects of my game both on and off the pitch. I will be part of the squad in a slightly different capacity but, nonetheless, my focus is on helping my teammates as we prepare for our first season in the WSL.

“There is also still quite a lot I want to achieve in the game and as a goalkeeper, I still feel I’ve got a number of years left in me at the very top level, so I intend to come back better than before."

Manchester United Women manager Casey Stoney also offered her congratulations to Siobhan.

“It’s fantastic news for Siobhan and we are all so pleased for her and Leigh,” she said.

“Siobhan will be fully supported by the club; she is an important player for us both on and off the pitch and we are committed to offering her a programme that suits her needs.

“We have a strong squad coming into this season and will be looking to push on this year, and although her name won’t be on the team sheet, her experience and leadership will remain key for us.”