Kerry signs from WSL side Reading
Report by Chloe Pizzey
Page last updated at 7:16PM GMT, Wednesday, 31 January 2018
The Charlton women’s team are delighted to announce the signing of forward Kerry Walklett.
The skilful 22-year-old signed from FA Women’s Super League 1 side Reading, having previously played for FAWSL 2 outfits Watford and Oxford Ladies.
Walklett says she is looking to impress manager Riteesh Mishra and hopes to start playing first team football.
“The team are doing great in the league so I’ve got to do well, there’s pressure but we’ve got a great team and set up so that makes things easier for me,” she said.
Having trained with the squad for the past four weeks, Walklett added: “I think it’s hard to come into a new team at this time of the season but it’s been really good and the girls have made it easy for me.”
Walklett had also worked with Charlton first team coach James Marrs during her time at Watford, as well as former Charlton women’s manager Keith Boanas.
“I contacted James to see where he was, and he said he was at Charlton which was great, I came down and was impressed by the quality of the team.”
The 22-year-old was impressed by the set-up at Sparrows Lane. The forward has to make the journey from Swindon to south-east London twice a week for training. “It’s a bit of a travel for me, but after training with the girls and the manager, and seeing the set up here, I’m really enjoying it already.”
The club’s ambition was one of the motivators for Walklett to join the Addicks: “The competitiveness and quality within the side, you can see the club has high ambitions.”
The forward describes herself as a technical player, saying: “I’m not the tallest, so I like to get the ball down and take players on.”
Charlton have had a busy week in the transfer market, as Walklett is one of three to sign for the Addicks in the past few days. Riteesh Mishra has bolstered his squad with the addition of Walklett, Elle Nelson and Olivia Lukasewich.