By George Overhill

19th Jul, 2022 | 10:10pm

West Ham Women expert delighted by new contract for defender Hawa Cissoko

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West Ham Women expert Michelle Irons was delighted to see that defender Hawa Cissoko had signed a new contract to remain at the club.

With high-profile departures including the likes of Katerina Svitkova and captain Gilly Flaherty it is all the more important for the club to keep hold of as many important players as possible for new boss Paul Konchesky.

Cissoko has been a strong performer for the Irons so it is a definite boost to fans that the 25-year-old has renewed and will be sticking around, something which Irons in particular concurs with.

Speaking exclusively to West Ham Zone, she said: “Hawa has been at West Ham for approximately two seasons now and has gone from strength to strength.

“She is a dominant defender who works well in a back four as a speedy centre-back.

“Hawa has now signed a new two-year contract which I am personally delighted with as she is one of the first names on the team sheet for me.

“She has a great attitude and has proved her accomplishments this season by being involved in the France squad for the ongoing Euros in England.

“Hawa did receive two red card’s over the past season but they frankly could be deemed as quite unfair.

“I always look forward to seeing her play so the new deal is certainly good news.”

The offseason is always a time of change, especially when contracts tend to be on the shorter side, and the Hammers have seen a number of the 2021/22 squad leave.

However Dagny Brynjarsdottir and Kate Longhurst have also signed new deals this summer so there is plenty of positive news to focus on.

With the right additions and a strong preseason under Konchesky there is no reason why this side cannot continue its significant development in the short time they have been a part of the WSL.