West Ham United Ladies add five new additions to team
West Ham United Ladies’ new manager Julian Dicks has strengthened his squad already this summer.
The Hammers have recruited some new talent in goalkeeper Nikita Runnacles and striker Emma Sherwood from Millwall, defender Ruby Baxter from Bristol Academy, midfielder Vicky Kinsman from Barking Ladies and attacker Alma Donohoe from KIKK United.
The new girls have all got down to work with their new club and are relishing the 2014/15 FA Women’s Premier League Southern Division season.
“The decision to leave Millwall was never going to be an easy one,” admitted Runnacles. “I wish them all the best for the rest of their season, but the move to West Ham made sense in so many ways. “Since joining the club, I feel that I’ve been given great support and the training that I need.
“It’s been intense and I’m sure that will carry on throughout the season but, with the group of girls and staff we have here, I’m sure it will result in a positive future at the club!”
Also joining from Millwall is striker Sherwood, who said the presence of Dicks in the dugout was a big factor in her swapping south London for east London.
“It was an easy decision to join West Ham from Millwall after meeting the girls and Julian,” revealed Sherwood. “The girls have got so much banter and it already feels like I’m part of the family here.
“Julian is a great manager and is an absolute pleasure to play for. He manages to get the best out of us and everyone has great respect for him and the ambition that he has with the Ladies squad.
“I’m looking forward to the season ahead and know that we can challenge for silverware this season.”
Two of the Hammers’ new additions are returning to West Ham Ladies after several years away from the club. One of those is midfielder Kinsman, who has featured for Barking Ladies since leaving the Hammers ten years ago.The other returning Hammer is defender Baxter, who featured for West Ham Ladies at Under-12 level at the same time as playing for Leyton Orient, before The FA introduced a ‘one club rule’, where Orient’s Centre of Excellence status was enough to persuade her away from the Hammers. Now back in the Claret and Blue shirt, Baxter couldn’t be happier.
The final addition to the Ladies squad is striker, former Cambridge University Women’s Football captain and Harvard Business School graduate Donohoe, who has joined the Hammers from Mile End-based KIKK United.
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