Southend United striker signs for Addicks
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 10:47PM BST, Monday, 10 July 2017
The Charlton women’s team have completed the signing of prolific young attacker Georgia Griffin from Southend United.
Griffin, a 17-year-old, netted 79 goals in just 41 matches in two seasons for Southend’s youth set up in the Essex County Girls’ League.
After a successful trial match, where she was the stand-out player, Griffin joins the club’s development side to bolster their strikeforce.
Speaking shortly after putting pen to paper, Griffin said she was looking forward to “challenging myself” with a step up the leagues.
“It’s completely different to grassroots [football],” she said after a particularly intense training session Sunday. “It’s intense but good, I go home feeling really good.
“It was a little bit easy at grassroots so I thought it was time to challenge myself. My manager helped me find some clubs to trial with. I came to trial here and really liked it.
“I’m not expecting to do as well as I did at grassroots but I just want to settle in for the first bit of the season and really grow as a player as the season develops.”
Starting her career at a young age with Essex side Tigers, Griffin went on to play for Essex County FA’s Player Development Centre and Centre of Excellence before returning to Tigers, where she scored 12 goals in 16 matches for their under 15 side.
She then joined Southend’s under 16 side, where she scored 29 goals in 21, graduating to their under 18 set up last term, scoring 50 goals in 20 matches.
Despite impressive goal scoring exploits in her fledgling career to date, and whilst she has ambitions to “make a difference” at her new club, Griffin admits there’s plenty of work to be done with her game.
“I don’t want to be sitting on the bench every week and get to play just because I have to. I just want to make a difference, really. Hopefully I can score some goals here – that’d be really good.
“I need to work on that [though] because all those 50 goals pretty much came from inside the box and here they’re testing me from outside the box and that’s not me!
“I really hope [the coaches here] can help strengthen me [as well] because ladies’ [football] is a big step up from junior football. And also help me grow in [other] areas I need to grow in.”