Seely signs for Addicks
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 12:48AM BST, Friday, 07 August 2015
The Charlton women’s team are delighted to announce the signing of former England under 19 international Grace Seely.
“Charlton are my local team so I’m really excited to start playing"
Seely joins after a four-year spell in the USA, where she studied on a soccer scholarship at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and played at the highest level of the college game.
The Sidcup-born central midfielder began her career at Millwall Lionesses before moving to the States, where she played for the NJIT Highlanders, who are ranked 318 in the country by the NCAA.
Having now received her international clearance, the 21-year-old admitted the Addicks’ ambitions in looking to gain promotion to the FA Women’s Super League were a big part of the reason she joined.
“I grew up playing against Charlton throughout the years because I was at Millwall’s centre of excellence,” she said. “They’re [Charlton] my local team so I’m really excited to start playing.
“I knew that Charlton won three cups last year so they’re a team that’s building and hopefully looking for promotion.
“I wanted to join a team that wants to be part of the Super League next year and as soon as I got here it was made clear that was the main goal so that’s why I was excited to join Charlton.”
Seely was an ever-present for the Highlanders, starting all 18 games in her senior year as her team won three matches. During her four years, she made 48 appearances, registering one assist.
As well as having played against internationals across the pond, Seely has also played alongside the likes of World Cup bronze medallists Alex Greenwood and Fran Kirby during her time in the England youth set up, where she also became friends with new team mate Kit Graham.
Considering her impressive pedigree, then, Seely is expected to push for a starting place in the Addicks’ starting XI. But she says she is just looking forward to contributing to the squad throughout the season first and foremost.
“First, I just want to be a part of the team and bring to the table what I have to offer.
“I’m looking to bring some of my attributes and my experience from playing over in the States and at international level to the team and have a positive impact on the team, rather than just focus solely on myself at this point. I just want to make sure that I can bring things to the table.”
Despite currently suffering with a foot injury, Seely hopes to be fit enough for the start of the new season on Sunday 16 August.
The Addicks begin their campaign in nine days’ time away to newly promoted C&K Basildon in Canvey Island.