Leicester City hand Nigerian-born defender contract extension until 2023

Ashleigh Plumptre has signed a contract extension, tying her to Leicester City until 2023.

Plumptre had initially agreed to a one-year deal with the Women’s Championship outfit in 2020 and helped them to the second division title plus a Women’s Super League promotion in May.

The 23-year-old defender, who was born in Leicester to a Nigerian father and British mother returned to Leicester, where she has been since the age of eight before securing her scholarship program which came to an end in the United States of America in January 2020.

Following her memorable outing in the US, including USC’s National Championship triumph with LC Galaxy, she returned to her home-town club, rejoining the Centre of Excellence, and scored a goal in 19 league appearances in her side’s memorable campaign.

Having excelled in her maiden outing for Jonathan Morgan’s side, she has been handed a new two-year contract and is pleased to extend her stay with the club.

“This is my hometown Club and to have achieved what we have in my first full season of being here was amazing,” she told

“Being around the city that I grew up in and being around my family for at least another two years, being at a Club that has provided so much for all of us on the women’s side already. I can’t complain, there’s nothing else I could ask for really.

“It’s nice because I look back on the pictures from when I was at the Centre of Excellence and I pretty much look the same, I’ve just got a foot taller!

“It’s crazy to think it’s been 14 years; it’s gone so fast. I remember my time there like it was yesterday.”

Having ensured their top-flight promotion, Leicester will aim to go all the way in the 2021/22 season, having retained the services of Plumptre, who is keen to represent Nigeria despite representing England at various youth levels.