"It was unexpected to a certain extent but I'm really proud and pleased" says latest Tractor Girl to pen a deal
Blue Wilson has signed her first professional contract with Town Women.
The 19-year-old midfielder has penned a one-year deal with an option of a further year, becoming the eighth Tractor Girl to turn professional this summer.
Blue joined Town from Manchester City in July 2019, becoming Joe Sheehan's first ever signing as manager and subsequently became the first player to benefit from the ongoing partnership between the Club and education partner, St Joseph's College. She made her debut on the opening day of the 2019/20 season as the Tractor Girls were held to a 1-1 draw by AFC Wimbledon.
She would go on to establish herself as a vital part of the Town midfield, featuring in almost every game during her first season at the Club including the Blues' historic run in the Women's FA Cup, where she would return to the North-West to face her former side.
She netted her one and only goal for the Club to date in January 2020 as she opened the scoring in Town's 4-0 victory over Kent Football United. Blue was also part of the contingent of Tractor Girls called up to represent their country on a regular basis throughout her first season at the club.
The Norfolk-born midfielder endured a tough start to the 2020/21 campaign, suffering a stress fracture in her fibula prior to the season opener whilst on international duty with England's U19s. She would return to the squad following the third national lockdown, starting against Billericay Town as the Tractor Girls exited the Women's FA Cup after a 2-1 defeat in Essex. So far, Blue has clocked up 19 appearances for Town.
Along with her success on the pitch, Blue also achieved outstanding results in her A-levels during her time at St Jo's, who continue to support the education and development of the young Tractor Girls.
"It's kind of crazy to have a contract for football," Blue told iFollow Ipswich.
"It's something I've always loved, playing and training, and it's great to get it over the line and turn that hard work over the years, and sacrifices from people around me but also myself, into something like a contract.
"It was unexpected to a certain extent but I'm really proud and pleased. It's taken a lot of work to get here and I'm ready to continue that into this coming season."
Watch Blue's full interview on iFollow Ipswich shortly.