Ruby and Rosey commit for 2017-18
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 1:11PM BST, Friday, 09 June 2017
The Charlton women’s team are delighted to have secured the signatures of defensive pair Rosey Sullivan and Ruby Southgate for the 2017/18 season.
The duo both joined from West Ham United back in 2014 and come off the back of outstanding seasons, scooping an award each at the presentation evening.
Centre back Sullivan, in her first full season since returning from two years on the sidelines through two cruciate ligament injuries, was rewarded for her fine form with the Manager’s Player of the Year award.
Right back Southgate meanwhile, who has played in the red and white 81 times, scoring once, secured the Most Improved Player award.
The news comes following skipper Kim Dixson also being confirmed for the next season as first team coach Riteesh Mishra starts building for an important campaign in earnest.
And Southgate reckons the club is “heading in the right direction” under the new management team, after a “mixed bag” of a season last term.
Southgate said: “We had an awful start with lots of changes, but since Riteesh has come in and brought some consistency it's been brilliant and it showed in our performances and results during the second half of the year.
“Ending the year with a trophy was brilliant as well – we'd worked very hard for that, the players and the staff, and it was great to feel rewarded for that.
“It’s been a long and tiring season so we need a break now, but I’m really excited to get back in a few weeks’ time and really push on.
“It's been brilliant what Riteesh has brought to the team since the turn of the year and I'm excited to see that progress even more. He has definitely brought the love of playing football back to everyone again.”
Sullivan added her side should be proud of their achievements, adding that “we lost a lot of players and only had a small squad to choose from”.
She added that she has “loved being a part of the CAWFC family and is looking forward to more next season. “Speaking to our Riteesh, he has big ideas for next season and I'm excited to be involved,” she continued. “And on a personal level, I hope to keep improving my performance and getting back to how I used to play or even better.”
On winning Player of the Season, she admitted to being surprised: “It's been a lot of hard work to get back to this level and I'm still not where I want to be. But to get through it without a major injury always is a positive.
“And to win an award on top of that was a great feeling. I'd like to thank Simon Webster for getting me back to full fitness and to Riteesh for giving me the opportunity to play in the Charlton squad this year. I look forward to the 2017/18 season!”
Southgate said she was happy to have re-signed and, after a breakout season hopes to continue to impress next term, where she could be in line to join the 100 club.
“I'm really happy to have signed for Charlton next season. The second half of last season was really good for me personally and hopefully I can bring those performances into next season.
“Reaching 100 games for Charlton would be an amazing achievement at such a brilliant club so I'd definitely like to do that next season!”