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Sheffield United are delighted to confirm that Maddy Cusack and Rhema Lord-Mears have signed new deals at the club and will remain Blades for the 2021-22 season.
Cusack (pictured) is embarking on her fourth season at the club after joining halfway through the 2018-19 campaign and celebrated making her 50th appearance as a Blade towards the end of the current season.
The midfielder has been a constant presence during her two-and-a-half years at the club and ended the latest campaign as the team's joint most creative player with six assists alongside January addition Bex Rayner.
A tireless work ethic in her box-to-box midfield role, Cusack has become a pivotal member of Neil Redfearn's starting eleven and the Blades head coach is delighted another member of his squad has committed their future to the club.
"Maddy's consistency is unbelievable, the amount of quality she gives week in, week out. She's a great trainer, a real asset of the club and she's someone who wants to get better and wants to drive on.
"For me, she's improved maybe 20 or 30%, her game understanding is far better now. She's a strong character, she's been outstanding and she drives the team forward."
Cusack added: "I'm really happy to be signing again for Sheffield United. It's my fourth season now and I've really enjoyed my time here, I'm excited and I'm really looking forward to next season.
"I work for the club with the Community Foundation, I really like Sheffield as a whole and it made sense to commit my future here as I've really enjoyed my time here."
Rhema Lord-Mears has committed her future to the club after signing a new two-year deal.
Lord-Mears has been a constant presence in the United team this past season, playing a part in 19 of the side's 20 league games, impressing with her skill, vision and passing ability and has quickly grown into a key player under head coach Neil Redfearn.
The 25-year-old scored a hat-trick in the team's Vitality FA Women's Cup tie against Middlesbrough and has played a key role linking midfield and attack throughout the campaign.
Formerly of Sheffield FC, Anderlecht and Blackburn Rovers, Lord-Mears joined United from the latter halfway through the 2019-20 campaign, only to see her first season with the club curtailed when the FA Women's Championship was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recently crowned the manager's player of the year, Redfearn is delighted to have tied down one of his key players to a two-year deal.
"Rhema's been fantastic this season. I've watched her really develop and flourish, a massive, massive talent. She's got the ability to be a real game changer. She's a lovely character to work with and when you see people like that develop and do well, it gives you a good feeling.
"I think she will be a strong player for us next season, I've got really high hopes for Rhema."
Lord-Mears added: "I'm really settled at Sheffield United now and I've enjoyed working with Redders. It's a good club with good foundations and the progression we've made is definitely there to see.
"To win the award was sentimental to me personally, but overall I'm just really happy to be developing my game."
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