Chelsea Women

Drew Spence to depart Chelsea at end of 2021/22 season

Ali Rampling
Spence will depart Chelsea at the end of the season
Spence will depart Chelsea at the end of the season / Henry Browne/GettyImages

Chelsea's longest serving player Drew Spence will depart the club at the end of the 2021/22 campaign following the conclusion of her contract.

Spence progressed through the Chelsea centre of excellence and made her first team debut in 2009, going on to rack up 238 appearances for the club.

The 29-year-old has been present for all 11 major trophies that Chelsea have lifted, winning five WSL titles (including the Spring Series), three FA Cups, two Continental Cups and the Community Shield.

"Drew has epitomised everything that we have been about in my tenure," said Emma Hayes. "She’s watched the club grow from amateur to one of the top teams in Europe and she’s been instrumental in that journey.

"I’ve watched Drew grow from a young player and blossomed as a senior pro. I’m excited for her next steps, she’s fully deserving of everything she’s achieved and again she will join a group of legends for what she has done at this football club and I know everyone here will really miss her."

Spence is one of four Chelsea players whose contract expires at the end of the 2021/22 campaign, with Jonna Andersson and Ji So-Yun having already announced that they will depart the club in the summer.

Maren Mjelde's contract is also poised to expire at the end of the season, and she will be made a free agent in the summer unless the current sanctions placed on Chelsea by the government are lifted.