Chloe Arthur makes Blues Women switch

Everyone has been great since I walked through the door and I’m loving it so far.

Chloe Arthur

The Club are delighted to announce the signing of Chloe Arthur after reaching an agreement with Bristol City.

The 23-year-old becomes Marc Skinner’s second signing of the summer following Lucy Staniforth’s switch from Sunderland earlier in the month. 

Arthur joins Blues on a two-year deal which will run until June 2020.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” Arthur explained. “I needed a new challenge and having played against Birmingham I know they have a really good team and they’re a tough team to play against.

“They’re a possession-based team and it suits my game. It’s the type of team I need to be involved in to develop as a player.

“I spoke to Marc [Skinner] and he explained that he’s always looking to improve the team and that nobody can take their place for granted.

“Firstly, I’ve got to fight for my place and then as a team we have to prove to everyone that we’re here to fight for silverware.

“Everyone has been great since I walked through the door and I’m loving it so far.”

Arthur graduated from Celtic’s successful Youth Academy and enjoyed a breakthrough season at the age of just 17 where she made her First Team debut.

In December 2014 Arthur joined Hibernian where she played an important role in the side that reached the Scottish Cup final and finished second in the league.

An international call up beckoned and after representing Scotland at Under-17 and Under-19 level levels, she was finally handed her first senior international appearance in February 2015 in a 4-0 victory over Northern Ireland.

Her exploits north of the boarder didn’t go unnoticed by teams in the WSL and after spending just one year in Edinburgh she was on the move again.

Bristol City moved quickly to secure the services of the talented midfielder and it didn’t take long for Arthur to make her mark.

In February of 2016 she scored on her Bristol City debut as the Vixens swept QPR aside 7-1 in an FA Cup tie and she would finish the campaign with 20 appearances under her belt and two further strikes to her name.

“I’ve been monitoring Chloe [Arthur] ever since I took over the club,” Marc Skinner commented. “She without doubt has the potential to become one of the best box-to-box midfielders in country.

“She has a wonderful tenacity about her. She has a winning spirit and whenever I have seen her play she’s always impressed me.

“When I’m looking at a potential player I look at their technical ability amongst other things and she has that in abundance.

“Yes, she still has lots to learn but given time with us, I’m convinced she can be one of the best players in the league.

“The important part is that she fits the mould of what we look for in a player. She wants to learn, she wants to get better and she wants to develop. 

They’re all the traits of hungry players and as we mentioned with Lucy [Staniforth] that’s what we need at this Club.”

Arthur joins the Club in time for the start of the new WSL campaign and linked up with her team mates earlier this week for pre-season training.