Things are looking rosy for the Addicks as Sullivan signs
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 4:17PM BST, Tuesday, 30 September 2014
The Charlton womenís team are delighted to confirm the signing of former West Ham United captain Rosey Sullivan.
ďIím buzzing to get playing again. Iíve never been out for more than two weeks so this is insane.
Centre back Sullivan left the Hammers just over a year ago, after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury during a pre-season friendly against Nottingham Forest in August 2013.
The 22 year old then decided to make the move to south east London and has been continuing her recovery under the watchful gaze of head of physiotherapy Simon Webster.
And, after finally putting pen to paper, Sullivan is looking forward to getting back into action, after a long time out of action.
She said: “I’m buzzing to get playing again. I’ve never been out for more than two weeks so this is insane.
“It pretty much stopped my whole life because I’m a sports therapist and a personal trainer so I’ve had to wait a whole year to get back into things.
“I’m a bit worried that I’m not going to be the same player – it’s all psychological at the moment, I’m a bit worried about getting tackled and whatnot.”
Despite being of a young age, the defender, who describes herself as ‘bossy’, ‘dedicated’ and ‘competitive’, has a wealth of experience, having been made captain at the age of just 18.
Sullivan racked up over 100 appearances and won almost every individual accolade in her five-year spell in east London.
That including manager’s player of the year and players’ player of the year, as well as winning young player of the year the season after she joined from Leyton Orient.
Speaking about her decision to join Charlton, the Rush Green-born player revealed it was one of the club’s numerous ex-West Ham contingent, who persuaded her.
“Me and Charlton have always been talking,” she added, “and Gemma Shepherd has always been trying to get me here.
“Things with West Ham weren’t working out. I was planning on moving and then I got injured so I thought I might as well go now, get rehabbed with them and get to know them all.
“Gemma I’ve played with for quite a while and I’ve known most of [the former Hammers] forever.
“It’s quite nice having people you actually know when you come here, but I can’t wait to get playing with Gemma again.
“She pretty much nagged me the whole of last season and she had a party so I went to her house and met loads of the girls and they were really nice so I knew I wouldn’t have a problem with that.
“The girls are a really good bunch, they made me feel welcome, they don’t make you feel like an outsider or anything. They’re always asking when I’m back, which is nice.”