Mishra makes double signing
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 4:26PM BST, Friday, 28 July 2017
The Charlton women’s team completed the signings of Charlotte Gurr and Katharine Nutman Thursday night – and the new pair are raring to get going in their new environment.
“I had a look around at the facilities, met the management and the medical team and it just seemed like somewhere where I can enjoy my football, somewhere I can compete and hopefully help the team to be successful this season.”
The well-travelled Gurr joins from Kent rivals Gilingham, where she netted 39 goals last season; while Nutman left FA Women’s Super League (FAWSL) 2 side Oxford United, where she was club captain, earlier in the year.
The pair further bolster first team head coach Riteesh Mishra’s squad and add to the acquisitions of Arsenal’s Chloe Brunton-Wilde and Southend youngster Georgia Griffin.
For Gurr, it’s a “new challenge” and both players spoke of being impressed with the facilities at Sparrows Lane, as well as Mishra’s aims for the club throughout the course of the season.
“It seems like a great environment,” said Nutman. “I had a look around at the facilities, met the management and the medical team and it just seemed like somewhere where I can enjoy my football, somewhere I can compete and hopefully help the team to be successful this season.”
Gurr scored 24 goals for Brighton & Hove Albion two seasons ago as they, led by current Charlton first team coach James Marrs, won the FA Women’s Premier League (FAWPL) South. “It’s a fantastic feeling and something I would like to do again,” she says, spelling out an ultimate aim of winning promotion to the FAWSL with Charlton.
Nutman reckons that’s “an attainable goal” and, having played at that level, says her new side is not far off. “I think Charlton are completely capable of playing in the Super League and competing at that level,” she added.
Striker Gurr was in fine form last term, netting 23 goals in 15 league games and firing Gillingham to the FA Women’s Premier League South East Division 1 title. In addition, she netted an incredible 16 goals in five games in cup competitions.
The prolific striker began her career at Millwall Lionesses back in 2008. Since then, she’s had two spells with them, Brighton and Gillingham, as well as a brief stint at West Ham United, again under Marrs.
Versatile Nutman, who can play both in central midfield and anywhere across the back four, began her career with Colchester United, where she graduated from their CoE before going on to play nine times for their first team in the FAWPL South.
A spell at University in the United States saw her feature 28 times in four years for the Oklahoma Sooners women’s soccer side, scoring twice and grabbing two assists. The 25-year-old has also represented her nation at youth team level, captaining England’s under 15s and playing up until under 19 level.
On returning from the States, she joined Oxford, playing 43 times in the FAWSL2 and captaining them in the 2014 season.