Blues Women sign Lucy Staniforth

I want to win something with Birmingham City which would be massive and then to get into the England squad on a regular basis.

Lucy Staniforth

Birmingham City Women are delighted to announce the signing of Sunderland captain Lucy Staniforth on a two-year deal.  

The 25-year old joins the Club after enjoying an impressive campaign with the Black Cats which saw her named the Supporters Player of the Season. Her performances didn’t go unnoticed by England boss Phil Neville who handed Staniforth her first Senior England call up in June.

The attacking midfielder will bolster Blues boss Marc Skinner’s options as he prepares his squad for another WSL campaign.

 “It’s a massive opportunity for me.” said Staniforth. “I’ve grown a lot as a player and as a person over the past two years and I felt like it was the right time for me to develop my career.

“It was my initial gut feeling after meeting Marc that Birmingham City was the right place for me. I admire what he’s managed to achieve so far in his spell at the Club and I think there’s even bigger things to come.

“The main asset of my game is to get on the ball, try to influence attacks, score goals and make assists so to be in a team that is renowned for that is a massive draw for me.

“I want to win something with Birmingham City which would be massive and then to get into the England squad on a regular basis.”

Born in York, Staniforth made her debut for Sunderland when she was just 16-years-old and helped the club to the FA Women’s Premier League North title and 2009 Women’s FA Cup final.

She emerged as a key player in Sunderland's success and was a mainstay of the side as they finished fifth in their first season back at the top level.

As an 18-year-old she made the switch to Lincoln Ladies where she quickly established herself as a prominent figure, starting every game for the WSL outfit in her first season.

After a brief spell with Bristol Academy she was snapped up by reigning WSL Champions Liverpool for a significant transfer fee.

She returned to Sunderland in January 2016 and was quickly made club captain ahead of the 2017/18 season.

In Staniforth's inaugural season with the armband, she was awarded Player of the Season and nominated for Goal of the Season at the FAWSL Awards.

Football is very much a family affair too. Her father Gordon played for York City and Hull City whilst her brother played for Sheffield Wednesday.

“Lucy is a wonderfully talented player that has shown an outstanding contribution to her team in the majority of games I observed,” added Blues boss Marc Skinner. “More importantly she is the right character for Birmingham City and a person as well as a player that will help us drive further on.

“It will always be about how hungry a player is to succeed and improve and Lucy has that in abundance.

“I cannot wait to integrate her abilities and qualities into our hungry team.”