Player-coach Kelly Smith commits future to Arsenal Ladies

Kelly Smith has signed a new contract with Arsenal Ladies to continue in her role as player-coach.

The 35-year-old captain, who is England's all-time leading goalscorer, was appointed manager Shelley Kerr's assistant in August 2013.

Kelly Smith in focus

  • Born: October 1978, Watford
  • Clubs: Wembley, Arsenal, Seton Hall Pirates, Philadelphia Charge, New Jersey Wildcats, Boston Breakers
  • Club honours: Uefa Cup, Super League, four Premier League titles, three FA Cups,
  • England caps: 115
  • England goals: 46 goals (an English record)
  • GB caps: 4

Smith said: "I'm delighted to have agreed a new contract with Arsenal."

She follows Rachel Yankey, Alex Scott, Emma Byrne, Jordan Nobbs and Danielle Carter in committing her future to the Gunners this pre-season.

Smith, who has scored 46 goals in 115 appearances for England added: "Coaching has provided a fresh and exciting challenge for me, and I'm really enjoying combining my new role with my responsibilities on the pitch."

General Manager Vic Akers said: "Kelly has been an exceptional player for us over the years and has now become an exceptional coach too.

"Her experience, her passion and her knowledge of the game are all having a really positive impact on the rest of the squad, and helping with the development of the younger girls in particular."