Wiltshire and Baptiste among players let go by Tottenham Women
PUBLISHED: 17:00 11 July 2019
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The top flight side confirmed their squad for the 2019/20 campaign earlier this month
Sarah Wiltshire is one of the members of Spurs Women's squad who has been let go after helping the club win promotion last season.
The forward quickly became a fans' favourite at Tottenham Hotspur Women - the club she grew up supporting - but her journey with the Lilywhites is over for now.
Wiltshire, who played a key part in the club finishing second behind Manchester United Women in the FA Women's Championship, expressed her disappointment on social media after Spurs announced plans for the new campaign and a new-look first-team.
"I was hoping to finish my career here, but I guess it wasn't to be," Wiltshire admitted. "I gave it my all and I'm glad I could help the team I've grown up supporting get to the top level. Thank you Spurs Women and the fans for all the memories."
Joining Wiltshire in exiting the club is Bianca Baptiste and others are expected to confirm their departures in the coming weeks.
Baptiste added: "Seeing my team-mates receive contracts is amazing. Unfortunately and sadly I will not be continuing my journey with Tottenham.
"However I would like to thank Spurs Women for the 11 Years of progression and for the three promotions that I am proud to say I played an influential part in."
Those staying at Tottenham include goalkeeper Chloe Morgan, captain Jenna Schillaci, Lucia Leon, Ashleigh Neville, Josie Green, Anna Filbey, Sophie Mclean, Coral-Jade Haines, Jessica Naz, Angela Addison and last season's top goalscorer Rianna Dean.
Heather Cowan, the club's Head of Women's Football told the official club website: "Our coaching team of Karen Hills and Juan Amoros have worked tirelessly over the summer to assemble a squad ready for our step up to the Women's Super League.
"We're immensely proud of the journey our players and staff have been on to get to this point and we're pleased to see our squad taking shape ahead of this exciting new era.
"It goes without saying that we're delighted to welcome some new faces to the club, who bring a mix of talent, experience and, in some cases, extensive international pedigree to the table.
"It's also fantastic that we've been able to retain 11 players from our promotion-winning side from last season.
"Of course, we've also had to make some extremely tough decisions regarding outgoing players. On behalf of the club, I'd like to express our sincere thanks to those players who are moving on this summer.
"Whether they've been here for many years or a shorter time frame, they have all played their part in helping us get to this point and they leave us with our very best wishes for the future."