Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 8:49PM BST, Wednesday, 18 July 2012
Annabel Prior is relishing her first taste of senior football after signing for the Charlton Women’s team from Chelsea this week.
The 16-year-old midfielder was part of the Blues’ double-winning under 17 squad last season but has decided to move to the Addicks this term to continue her football development.
And she has played in the first three friendlies of this pre-season, impressing against Ebbsfleet United, AFC Wimbledon & Crystal Palace.
Speaking during the 12-0 win over Wimbledon, former Fulham academy player Annabel said: “I have really enjoyed it here so far. I looked at a few clubs but Charlton were always my first choice.
“They have a great women’s set up here, the quality of coaching is very high and the football they play suits me.
“I like getting on the ball and keeping it, which is exactly what [Technical Director] Paul [Mortimer] wants me to do.”
Having just graduated from one of the top two centres of excellence in the south of England, Prior is now looking forward to the challenge of trying to make her way into the first team squad at Bayliss Avenue.
“I want to play in the reserve team but hopefully I will be able to push on into the first team, play some good football, work on my game and help the team to get a good spot in the league,” she added.
“I have really enjoyed training, there is a lot of it and I can feel my fitness improving already. I can see the difference [between senior and CoE football] – the tempo is a lot quicker.
“Last season there was a lot more fun and training was more laid back. Here there are a lot more players so I know I am going to have to work hard to get a place in either of the teams.
“I got a lot of time on the ball during games but here as soon as you get the ball you have someone on you so you have to be thinking quickly and you already need to know where your next move is.”