Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 7:40PM BST, Wednesday, 25 July 2012
Sarah Jones is looking forward to a new challenge and trying to nail down a regular spot in the Charlton Womenís teamís first XI after signing this week.
Centre back Jones joins the Addicks from Gillingham, where she has played for two years, and is looking forward to moving back up a level.
After competing in the Premier League southern Division for the past couple of seasons, Sarah is moving back into the National, where she previously played for Millwall.
Asked about her ambitions for the season, she said: “I want to try and break into the first team and get a regular spot.
“The quality the squad has is frightening but people are going to get injured during the season so we need a big squad to push on.
“I know I can play at this level when I am fit if I apply myself and that is what I aim to do this year – try and get fit and play as high as I can really. If I can get a regular spot in the team I will be absolutely thrilled to bits.”
Sarah has represented Kent with many of the Charlton squad and has played with a number during her time with Millwall, where she played over 60 times.
She admits there is a good spirit within the team and is looking forward to joining up with the girls once again.
“The girls are great,” she added. “They have all welcomed me with open arms and I am looking forward to getting to play with them. It’s nice to see some familiar faces.
“The first time I turned up I was a little bit nervous but they are all so welcoming. There are a few others signing as well so I joined with them and we are all fitting in nicely.”
Jones was part of the Gillingham team that defeated Charlton’s reserves 2-0 in the Kent Cup final in April and feel that was a good note to leave the on whilst being impressed with their opponents on the day.
“I really enjoyed my time at Gillingham, I don’t have a bad word to say about any of the girls but the time is right to move on.
“The Kent Cup final was a great game to go out on and it was nice to win a piece of silverware. Charlton gave us a good game.
“I think 2-0 was probably a fair result but we were really up for it that day and I think we would have given the first team a run for their money that day.”