Matildas defender Ellie Carpenter has agreed a long-term contract extension with Lyon giving her a boost as she recovers from an ACL injury.
In a significant vote of confidence while she recuperates from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament European champions Lyon have given Ellie Carpenter a contract extension to 2026.
Ellie Carpenter Contract
- Ellie Carpenter has signed a contract extension with Lyon FC.
- She recently tore her ACL during the UEFA Champions League final.
- The Matildas defender will stay with the Division 1 club until the end of the 2025-26 season.
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The Australian international fullback was injured early in Lyon's Champions League final defeat of Barcelona in May. She had to take part in the celebrations on crutches.
Carpenter is engaged in a race to be fit for the home-hosted 2023 Women's World Cup but can work on her recovery safe in the knowledge her club have backed her.
💬 Ellie prÃ©pare son retour et elle a un message pour vous 😉#Carpenter2026 🇦🇺 pic.twitter.com/KDtalXnEOD— OL FÃ©minin (@OLfeminin) June 28, 2022
The 20-year-old Matilda said: "I am very honoured to extend my contract at this magnificent club. I learned a lot during these first two years and now I'm here until 2026!
"I'm injured right now but I'm working hard to get back on the pitch and win titles again."
The deal is also an indication that Lyon will continue to invest in women's football following a deal for American businessman John Textor to takeover from long-time president Jean-Michel Aulas - who has made Lyon the best women's team in Europe.
Textor, a part-owner of English club Crystal Palace, will complete the acquisition over a period of years with Aulas remaining president for "at least three years".
My home away from home â¤ï¸💙— Ellie Carpenter (@CarpenterEllie) June 28, 2022
TrÃ¨s contente et fiÃ¨re de continuer cette aventure avec ce club incroyable et cette Ã©quipe 🦁 Allez lâ€™OL @OLfeminin pic.twitter.com/Lg6p3wufCp
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