Carly Telford’s stellar Chelsea career comes to an end following five hugely successful years with Emma Hayes’ squad in her second spell at the club.
The Chelsea goalkeeper, who was named in the squad for the final time with the Blues yesterday against Brighton in the Barclays Women’s Super League, will head to the United States to join San Diego Wave.
As one of our longest-serving players in the squad, Telford departs having played a significant part in the club’s transformation into a professional outfit. Accolades from her tenure with Chelsea include 76 appearances, becoming champions of England four times including the Spring Series, and taking home both the FA Cup and Continental Cup twice and the Community Shield once, with the club continuing to be a growing force on the European stage.
On Telford’s Chelsea departure, Emma Hayes commented: ‘Carly has been a fantastic servant to the club across two different spells. A big character in the dressing room and a hugely valued member of our squad.
‘We didn’t want to lose her, but we could not hold her back from taking this fantastic opportunity in the States. We wish Carly well in this next chapter of her career and she knows she’ll always be welcome back here any time.’
Chelsea thanks Carly for the long and successful service she has given to the club and wishes her all the best in her next venture. She will be attending the club’s game against West Ham United on Wednesday evening at Kingsmeadow for one last farewell to fans.