Jen Beattie signs new Arsenal contract

Ali Rampling
Beattie has signed a new Arsenal contract
Beattie has signed a new Arsenal contract / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Jen Beattie has signed a new contract with Arsenal which will see her take up a dual role with the club's academy alongside her playing duties.

The centre-back has spent seven years with Arsenal across two spells, initially plying her trade with the Gunners between 2009 and 2013, before re-signing for the club in 2019 following stints at Montpellier, Manchester City and Melbourne City.

Beattie is the latest Arsenal player to commit her future to the club after Caitlin Foord, Vivianne Miedema, Steph Catley, Noelle Maritz and Lotte Wubben-Moy all recently signed fresh terms with the north London outfit. Like the quintet before her, the length of Beattie's new contract has not been disclosed.

"I’ve really enjoyed the past three seasons, but I’ve still got so much to achieve as part of this club and I’m excited to extend," said Beattie.

"This is the club that gave me my first real opportunity in football – I was an 18-year-old kid coming down here initially and obviously I’ve gone on and played elsewhere in between, but to be a part of it now… it’s close to home and it’s a special club. Being a part of the players and the staff we have, I really feel this is a club going in the right direction."

As part of her new contract, the 31-year-old will take up a mentoring role with the Arsenal academy, and also contribute to the club's commercial and partnerships teams.

"I’m very happy that Jen will be staying with us," manager Jonas Eidevall added. "Her experience and professionalism are so important for us as a squad and I know she will continue to make a key contribution both on and off the pitch, with the first team and with the young players in our academy setup."