Days after the FA Women’s Super League cancelled the remainder of the 2019-20 season, Tottenham Hotspur Women are already preparing for next year. The club announced today that four players are leaving the club after their contracts expired — keeper Chloe Morgan, and midfielders Coral-Jade Haines, Sophie Mclean, and Megan Wynne.
We can confirm the departures of @sophiemcleann, @Morgie_89, @coralhaines and @MegsWynne following the conclusion of their contracts.— Tottenham Hotspur Women (@SpursWomen) June 3, 2020
We thank them all and wish them the best in the next stages of their careers. #THWFC ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/IOozO6zfmR
All four of the departing players served important and significant roles as Tottenham climbed their way up the pyramid in past years, but saw their playing time reduced significantly this past season, their first in the top flight WSL. Tottenham’s #1 Morgan saw herself demoted to a backup keeper this season behind Becky Spencer, who became the clear starter.
Mclean and Haines played important roles in the midfield during last season’s FAWC promotion campaign, but found themselves on the outside of the starting XI more often than not. Mclean is actually a seven year veteran at Spurs, and leaves with 124 appearances, along with a major role in two Tottenham promotions. Haines joined the club after Spurs promoted to the FAWC and immediately became a starter; she had 55 appearances for Spurs over the past three seasons. Welsh international Wynne actually secured herself a mid-season loan to WSL relegation threatened Bristol City a bit before football shut down in an attempt to get more match time.
Football is a tough business, and free transfer departures such as these are super common in English women’s football. While the names are going to be familiar to fans who have followed Spurs Women for the past number of seasons, the reality is that their departure opens the way for better, possibly younger, talent to come in or emerge to challenge the starters in future seasons.
But the future is very bright at Spurs Women, and all four of these departing players had significant roles in helping get the club to where it is today. COYS.