Chelsea FC Women have announced that defender Deanna Cooper has left the club at the end of her contract at Kingsmeadow.

The 26-year-old Chatham-born centre-back has been largely used as a substitute by The Blues boss Emma Hayes this season as Chelsea went on to lift the Barclays FA Women’s Super League title on a points per game basis along with the FA Women’s Continental League Cup.

This afternoon, The Blues announced via their official club website that defender Cooper’s three-year Chelsea career has come to an end. The player leaves the South West Londoners after making 29 first team appearances in which she netted three goals.

After joining Chelsea from second tier club London Bees in February 2017, Cooper initially made a real impression, helping her new side to the 2017 FA Women’s Super League 1 Spring Series title. Sadly, the defender never really reached the same heights in the three seasons which followed as injuries hindered her progress in South West London.

Cooper becomes the second player to leave Chelsea in as many days. Finnish international forward Adelina Engman announced her Kingsmeadow departure yesterday with the player coming to an agreement to join French club Montpellier HSC for the 2020/2021 season. Like Cooper, her Chelsea career had been severely affected by injury.