Bristol City Women complete Arthur deal
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Bristol City Women have completed the signing of Chloe Arthur from Hibernian Ladies.

Arthur began her career at Celtic aged just 17, after coming through from the Celtic Youth Academy. She moved to Hibernian Ladies, where she was part of the team who reached the Scottish Cup final and finished second in the league.

The 21-year-old, who played for Scotland at U17 and U19 level, is in the team for the International Challenge Match between Sweden and Scotland Women's A team on 26th January.

Kirk gives his thoughts on the deal

Bristol City Women’s manager Willie Kirk couldn't hide his delight, saying: “I’ve followed her development for a number of years now and worked with her for a year at the Scottish FA’s National Performance Centre, so I’ve got to know her very well as a person and a footballer."

He added, "She ticks all the boxes in terms of the standard of players that we want at Bristol."

Work ethic is one aspect the Bristol boss seems especially fond of, and believes Arthur will fit that bill: “Not a session is wasted on her, regardless of it being on the pitch, in the gym or in the meeting room."

Arthur and Kirk (L and R) pose for the cameras after the former's move was announced. | Image credit: Bristol City Women.
Arthur and Kirk (L and R) pose for the cameras after the former's move was announced. | Image credit: Bristol City Women.

Kirk also spoke very highly of her attitude, "She approaches everyday with the aim of improving, and her ambitions are well aligned with the club with regards to improving and progressing."

He continued, “She has really bought into the long term plan of the club and has made her decision based on this."

Kirk believes that Arthur, along with the rest of the squad, are capable of making the step up in division: "Without a doubt, she could play in WSL1 just now, but like a lot of our players, she wants to do that with Bristol and she will play a big part in trying to get us there come November.”

Busy Bristol

The midfielder, who could make her debut in the FA Cup 3rd round game on 7th February, is the second player to sign for Bristol City Women this week after Ellie Wilson arrived from Reading on Wednesday. She is the fifth player to have signed for Bristol this transfer window, after Millie Farrow, Jodie Brett, Megan Alexander and Wilson, as the Vixens look for a quick-fire return to the WSL 1 following relegation in October.