Sheffield United this afternoon confirmed that defender Ocean Rolandsen has signed a permanent deal with the club after initially joining from Watford on a short-term deal in January.
Rolandsen told the club’s website, “I’m super excited. I’ve enjoyed my time here, everyone’s made me feel super comfortable and I just enjoy playing my football here, so I’m looking forward to coming back next season.”
As avid fans of the National League it comes as no surprise to us that a player from the third tier can make the jump to the Championship and command a regular starting place. Ocean has started all nine games the club has played since joining, with Neil Redfearn’s side going unbeaten in eight of them.
The 22-year-old former Chelsea academy graduate has been a solid presence and the back and going forward, even picked up her first assist for the club in last month’s Vitality FA Women’s Cup tie against Middlesbrough.
Rolandsen admitted that coming in after being unable to train or play matches with Watford due to COVID rules that it would take her a little bit of time to regain the level of fitness required.
Head coach, Neil Redfearn, has made sure to keep a consistent line-up in order to help the team maintain momentum in their promotion push although that prize was eventually won by Leicester City. This is something that Rolandsen thinks has helped her settle into the team, “As each week has gone on we’ve got stronger and the chemistry within the team is massive.”
Redfearn, said: “Ocean’s been fantastic since she came in and we’re delighted to keep her. I was aware of her from my time at the Belles, she’s got great pedigree coming through at Chelsea and the England youth teams and when you’ve got that kind of quality, you never really lose it. You can some hidden gems in the women’s game, she’s got some belief now and she’s shown that in her performances since arriving.