18-year-old makes history by penning two-year deal
Sophie Peskett has signed a contract to become the first professional women’s player in the history of Ipswich Town.
The 18-year-old winger has penned a two-year deal at Portman Road.
Sophie joined the Blues from the Essex RTC [Regional Talent Club] in the summer of 2019, initially as part of Town's WSL Academy squad.
She made her debut as a 16-year-old in the 2019/20 season opener against AFC Wimbledon and the England U19 international scored her first senior goals just a couple of weeks later as she helped Town to a 4-0 victory at Kent Football United.
Sophie was a key player as Town became the first fourth tier side to reach the fifth round of the Women's FA Cup and netted 11 goals on the way to winning the Tractor Girls' Player of the Year award.
Having scored 16 goals in 26 appearances, she has been the subject of interest from Women's Super League clubs but has pledged her future to Blues.
"It was a no-brainer for me really to sign a contract here," Sophie told iFollow Ipswich.
"I was a bit shocked at first, being the first to be offered a pro contract, but it’s an amazing feeling to get it done.
"The support I’ve had here, the opportunities I’ve had - it was easy to commit my future to Ipswich and it shows the intent of the Club that we are signing players now on pro contracts. I just can’t wait for the season to start."
In addition to her commitments to the Club, Sophie was also among a number of young players studying for her A-Levels at St Joseph's College as part of the ongoing partnership between Town and the Ipswich-based school, before graduating this summer.
See the full interview with Sophie on iFollow Ipswich shortly.