Charlton Athletic Football Club Women
Amelia Ritchie (left) and Charlotte Kerr
Ritchie and Kerr sign for Womens team
Ritchie and Kerr sign for Womens team
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 10:12PM UTC, Monday, 09 July 2018
The Charlton women’s team are delighted to announce the signings of winger Charlotte Kerr and centre back Amelia Ritchie, from Watford and Brighton and Hove Albion respectively.
Quote by: Charlotte Kerr“We’ve just had our first training session of the season and you can just tell it’s a really welcoming team and you feel part of the team straight away.”Quote by: Charlotte Kerr
Charlotte Kerr
The pair signed for the club after the first pre-season session of the season on Sunday and join Gemma Bryan and Amber Stobbs in joining ahead of our first season as an FA Women’s Championship side.

Kerr, 24, end a near-decade-long stay at Watford, and was a regular in their FA Women’s Super League 2 campaign last season so brings a wealth of experience with her to south east London. 19-year-old Ritchie, meanwhile, also appeared in the FAWSL 2 last term and is a full Wales international.

Speaking to the club after penning their deals, both players pointed to the club’s ambitions as a key factor in moving to Charlton.

“They want to try to finish top of the league and there’s no reason why we can’t challenge for that,” added Ritchie. “It will be a jump, but one that we can live up to. There’s a few good teams but we can certainly give them a game.”

The defender played under first team coach James Marrs at Brighton and also noted that was a big reason for making the switch. “He obviously wanted me here and told Riteesh [Mishra, head coach] about me. It gives you confidence knowing that they want you.”

Kerr adds that the welcoming attitude and sense of togetherness the team has, which many players spoke of as a big factor in last year’s success, was also an attraction.

“[Competing at this level] is not all just about ability – it’s about being able to come together and push each other through each game. This club has definitely got that,” she said.

“We’ve just had our first training session of the season and you can just tell it’s a really welcoming team and you feel part of the team straight away.”

Manager Riteesh Misrha was pleased to have boosted his team

“I’m excited to work with Charlotte Keer” said Mishra

“She’s had a good career so far and experience at this level with Watford, but I see her as someone who we can improve. 

“She’s a great athlete, comfortable technically and someone who will pick up the tactical info quickly and this is important for us moving forward. 

“It was tough for Kerr to leave a club she’s been with for a number of years, but I think her qualities make our squad stronger, and her like all the players in the squad, have a great opportunity to kick on in their careers at a real high level”

Speaking about Amelia Ritchie Mishra added

“[Ritchie] is a player who has worked with James [Marrs] before and impressed him a lot during her time at Brighton

“She seems to have a positive mindset to improve and prove herself, and that’s what I liked about her

“She’s got a lot of potential which we are excited to work with. She adds some international experience to us but is someone who needs to prove herself at this level, which we want to help her develop and do”
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