Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji
English Women’s Champions side, Charlton Athletic have announced the signing of goalkeeper, Sophie Hillyerd from Manchester United Women.
The 18-year-old goalkeeper is delighted to have made the permanent move to South East London, signing her first professional contract when she posited on the Club website that: “I’m excited, the environment here is great and it’s a big deal for me,” Hillyerd explained.
“I’m proud of myself, I’ve worked so hard. To sign it (first professional contract) at Charlton is exciting just because of the environment and the players, it’s really good to be in and around the first team.
“It does feel like a family, people say clubs are supposed to feel like a family but this is, all the girls are so supportive.”
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Charlton Athletics Manager Karen Hills is pleased with her latest summer signing, saying: “Sophie is a very talented young goalkeeper and I’m delighted to have her on board. She’s settled in well with the girls and I’m looking forward to working with her and seeing her grow as a player.”
After the postponement of Charlton Athletic’s season opener against Lewes FC last weekend, the Club will finally play its first game of the 2021/2022 English Women’s Championship against Coventry United on September 5.
Charlton finished the 2020/2021 season in the eighth position with 19 points from 20 games while Coventry United escaped relegation by ending the season in 10th position, a place and five points above the relegation zone.
London Bees eventually dropped to the third tier after its relegation with 11 points from 20 games.
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I am a huge advocate of Women’s football after covering the Nigeria Women Football Leagues (NWFL) since 2019. An unbiased football writer with penchant for women’s in sports and historical analysis.