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3 August 2021

Abbie fifth Tractor Girl to sign professional terms

Abbie Lafayette has signed her first professional contract at Ipswich Town.

The 19-year-old midfielder becomes the fifth Tractor Girls to sign professional terms this summer after agreeing a one-year deal with an option of a further year.

Abbie started her career at grass roots level with her local side Garston Ladies before joining Town's WSL Academy programme in 2018. After impressing during her first season at the club, Abbie received her maiden first-team call up and made her senior debut on the final day of the 2018/19 season, scoring a last minute winner as the Tractor Girls defeated Cambridge United 3-2.

The Watford-born midfielder soon established herself in Joe Sheehan's side during pre-season before earning a start on the opening day of the 2019/20 season, where she once again found the back of the net as the Blues' drew 1-1 with AFC Wimbledon. Abbie would go on to be a mainstay in the Town side, featuring in almost every game including the Tractor Girls' historic run in the Women's FA Cup. She also became somewhat of a cult hero amongst Town supporters, with her consistent performances and signature afro endearing her to the Blues' faithful.

Her form earned her a first youth international call up for England and she soon became a regular part of the Young Lionesses setup alongside a number of her Ipswich Town teammates. Abbie picked up where she left off during the largely disrupted 2020/21 season as an ever present in the Blues' midfield before the season was once again curtailed. So far, Abbie has made 26 appearances for the Tractor Girls, scoring 5 goals.

"It's been a long time coming for most of us. It's something that my family will be very proud of as well and something I've wanted to do since I was a little girl," Abbie told iFollow Ipswich.

"I think it really puts me in a position where I have a structure now of how I want to play, where I want to play and it gives me a foundation of where I'm at with my football."

Watch Abbie's full interview on iFollow Ipswich shortly.

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