By Dean White

26th May, 2021 | 7:40am

West Ham Women Expert reacts as Grace Fisk signs new contract

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Michelle Irons claims Grace Fisk is a “future captain” of West Ham after she signed a new deal with the club last week.

On Saturday, the Hammers announced that Fisk, 23, had agreed a new deal at Victoria Road that keeps her in East London until 2023.

Fisk played every minute of every WSL match this season and Michelle Irons has paid tribute to the way the Bromley-born defender improved under Olli Harder.

“I’m really pleased with this announcement,” she told West Ham Zone.

“Grace has been steadily improving during the closing games of the season. I think she adapted well to Ollie’s passing style and worked very well with Hawa Cissoko after she came into the defence.

“Grace’s overall time on the ball and passing range improved and goals conceded against Arsenal and Manchester City were not a blip on her at all.

“She was confident on the ball and was part of a collection of clean sheets that we produced which cemented our status in the league.

“I was critical of her earlier on in the season but I can see her coming on leaps and bounds now.

“Tying her down to 2023 is a real positive for us right now and would like to think she is a future captain of West Ham.

“I’m really happy for her to continue in claret and blue.”

Fisk has been in strong form this season.

According to stats by FBRef, she’s averaged 11.86 pressures, 2.0 tackles, 1.55 interceptions, 1.73 blocks and 7.73 clearances per 90 minutes of football in the WSL.

She ranks in the top five per cent of WSL players for clearances, showing she’s one of the strongest defenders in the league.

In February last year, Fisk was called up to England duty for the SheBelieves Cup but unfortunately, the ex-Millwall defender failed to earn a debut cap.

However, one must surely be on the horizon for the 23-year-old, who’s shown signs she’s improving.

In other West Ham Women news, Michelle Irons is baffled by the news of Jack Sullivan’s exit.

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