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Sheffield United Women are delighted to confirm head coach Neil Redfearn has signed a new two-year deal to remain in charge until the end of the 2022-23 season.
After joining the club ahead of the current FA Women's Championship season, Redfearn led the side to another top four finish, culminating in a last minute win at Blackburn Rovers last Sunday to ensure the Blades continued their strong form in 2021, seeing the team lose just once since January.
United won 11 of their 20 league games in an increasingly more competitive division, ending the season just a point behind former FA Women's Super League side Liverpool.
Under Redfearn, the team has flourished at both ends of the pitch with striker Katie Wilkinson sealing a second successive golden boot with her 19th goal of the league season against Rovers at Bamber Bridge on Sunday.
Goalkeeper Fran Kitching meanwhile had the joint best record for clean sheets in the league, keeping ten clean sheets in her 20 league appearances since rejoining the club she spent her childhood at last summer, including two penalty saves in her last two games.
Redfearn's backroom staff will also remain in place next season. Current first team staff member Luke Turner will become Redfearn's assistant coach next season, while Josh Dowsett remains in place as goalkeeper coach.
Shaun Hird also remains in place as a coach with the first team while remaining in his role with the Regional Talent Centre. Shaun will continue to work closely with the club's RTC technical director Richard Meek who also heads up player development at the club, overseeing the development team and RTC.
Adam Kennerley will join the first team coaching staff as the new strength and conditioning coach for the 2021-22 season.
Stephen Bettis, Chief Executive Officer said: "After a competitive finish in his first season in charge, we are delighted that Neil has committed for two more years, the aim being to continue to progress."
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