Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 8:03PM BST, Saturday, 29 October 2011
New signing Cori Daniels is excited to be returning to the Charlton Women’s team and cannot wait to start playing.
The former Centre of Excellence player re-joined the Addicks this week, travelling to Nottingham with the squad to watch their 3-0 victory over Forest.
And the former Watford captain revealed she is excited by the prospect of turning out for Charlton once again.
Cori said: “I can’t wait. I started my career here so coming back makes it a full circle. I can’t wait to get the shirt on, can’t wait to play with the girls, it’s exciting.
“It always helps when you come into a team and know a few players, it settles you. I just want to play now.”
Having witnessed the Addicks’ last two games – being part of the Hornets team that lost 2-0 at Bayliss Avenue a fortnight ago – Cori is also excited by the potential this team has.
With Becky Duggan and September’s PHSC plc Player of the Month Jordan Butler as the current central defensive partnership, Daniels knows she will face a battle to establish herself in the first team.
“That’s exactly why I came here,” she added. “I knew it would be a fight and that is what I wanted. At Watford I was captain and knew I was going to get in the team straight away.
“For me and my career I just needed to fight for my position because I think it will bring me on as a player and hopefully bring the team on.
“I feel a bit like ‘should I come back or not? They don’t need me’! They are doing really well and there is no reason we can’t finish in the top three.”
Cori is the sixth player to have joined the Charlton first team this season and technical director Paul Mortimer is pleased with the competition he now has.
He said: “She is a fine centre-half and impressed me when we played them.
“We are always on the lookout for players because I don’t want my players resting on their laurels after we win a couple of games. Hopefully there will be a few more to come.
“They have to understand that competition for places is what keeps them alight and aware because when we play like we did [against Forest] you want to be in the team, not sitting on the outside looking in.”
Daniels graduated through the Charlton Athletic Centre of Excellence and went on to represent the first team, making her league debut at just 14 years of age coming off the bench in a 6-1 win over Liverpool.
She started two more games for the Addicks before moving to Arsenal, and making eight first team appearances.
She then joined to Watford, where she played with three of her new team mates, in 2007, playing over 50 times and captaining them this term.