Us Duo sign for Addicks
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 5:49PM UTC, Monday, 22 July 2013
The Charlton women’s team are pleased to announce the double signing of Maegen Doyle and Rebecca Smith from Colchester United.
The pair end long associations, 12 and seven years respectively, with the Essex club, who failed to complete last season due to the team being disbanded after the Community Sports Trust folded.
Doyle, 20, is a former England under 19 international who captained the Us last term and has made a total of 70 appearances for them, so is experienced despite her tended age.
The midfielder pointed to the family feel around the squad as a main reason for making the move and is looking forward to a new challenge.
She said: “We trialled for a few different clubs but when we came here the vibe was really good.
“I know a couple of the girls before that and everyone is really friendly. And training-wise they were the best club as well and that’s what sold it to me.
“Since then we’ve got to know everyone, we’ve only been to four or five sessions and it seems quite family-oriented, which is nice.
“It was tough to leave [Colchester] and it was quite sad to see it all completely finish but hopefully we are moving on to bigger and better things with Charlton.”
Smith, 17, had her first taste of senior football last term, having recently risen through Colchester’s centre of excellence, playing three matches for their first team.
The centre back impressed during Sunday’s first pre-season friendly against FA Women’s Super League heavyweights Chelsea, one of the few players to play almost the full 90 minutes.
Rebecca agreed with Maegen, that the “vibe” at the Addicks was good, and hopes to continue her football development with the club.
“Because of Colchester folding we came to a few trials,” she added. “We liked the training sessions, liked the coaches and the way the club was run. We got quite a good vibe off it straight away.
“I think we both felt that Charlton was right for us at the moment – especially because I only played for Col U’s first team for one year so I think it is a nice step up into what I want to achieve.
“We’ve only been to a few sessions but everything is going well, the girls are nice and I think we’ve settled in quite well.
“I know I was a bit young but I enjoyed it. It was quite a good challenge for me, to be playing at that level at 17 years old. It was hard to leave because I had only ever played for one other club.”