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28 July 2021

Fourth Tractor Girl to sign professional deal this summer

Town winger Anna Grey has signed her first professional contract at the Club.

The 19-year-old Academy product has put pen to paper on a one-year deal with an option of a further year, becoming the fourth Tractor Girl to sign professional terms this summer.

Anna started her career at her local side Bishop's Stortford FC before moving on to Tottenham Hotspur ahead of the 2017/18 season. After one year with the North Londoners, she joined Town's WSL Academy setup and was part of the young Tractor Girls side that reached the semi-finals of the WSL Academy Cup in March 2019. An ankle injury delayed her start to the 2019/20 campaign but Anna soon made her senior debut upon her return to full fitness, featuring as a second-half substitute in the Blues' victory over Billericay Town. The following month Anna got off the mark with her first senior goal as she opened the scoring in the Tractor Girls' 6-1 Women's FA Cup victory over rivals Norwich City.

The England U19 international soon cemented her place in Joe Sheehan's side, featuring all throughout Town's historic run in the Women's FA Cup and playing a significant role in a largely successful season for the Tractor Girls. Anna caught the eye with an exceptional performance against Manchester City before once again opening the scoring against Norwich in the Blues' 10-0 romping of the Canaries in February 2020.

Anna picked up where she left off following the return of football after the breakout of Covid-19, starring throughout a largely disrupted campaign before the season was once again brought to a halt. She finished the season in fantastic form, with goals against Billericay, Nottingham Forest and Portsmouth prior to the Tractor Girls' promotion being confirmed. So far, Anna has featured 21 times for Town, scoring 7 goals and providing a number of assists.

Internationally, Anna has represented her country at U18 and U19 level since receiving her first call-up in 2019. She was also part of the Tractor Girls' contingent that set a record in March 2020 for the most youth international call-ups from one single club.

"I'm really happy to have finally signed the deal and I just can't wait to get going," Anna told iFollow Ipswich.

"It's a really big step. Coming through the Academy, I'm happy that I've come through with Ipswich and I'm glad to have got the pro."

Watch Anna's full interview on iFollow Ipswich shortly.

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