West Ham captain signs for Addicks
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 9:43AM UTC, Wednesday, 14 December 2016
The Charlton women’s team are delighted to announce the signing of former West Ham United Ladies captain Katie Bottom.
After a couple of training sessions with the club last week, Bottom put pen to paper on Sunday before Charlton’s FA Women’s Premier League (FAWPL) Cup quarter final victory over West Bromwich Albion.
A versatile player, Bottom can play in both defence and midfield – with a preference for lining up in the middle of the park – and ends a 12-year association with the Hammers in joining their FAWPL South rivals.
And Bottom, who knows a number of her new team mates having either played with and/or against them in her time at West Ham, is raring to get going in the red and white.
She said: “I think it’s time for a challenge – I was at West Ham for a long time and just felt it was time to move and this is a great opportunity; I really can’t wait to get started.
“Charlton were always one of the clubs that I would have liked to join and it was quite lucky that they wanted me as much as I wanted to join them.
“I’ve played against them quite a few times and I know they’re a great team, they’re always a force in the league so it’s great to be a part of it.
“Hopefully now we can push on and continue the form that the girls have put on recently with their winning run.”
The 23-year-old will be available for Charlton’s final match of 2016, against Cardiff City at Sporting Club Thamesmead on Sunday.
And, whilst she has ambitions to force her way into the first-team starting 11, Bottom acknowledges that will not be easy in a side that has not lost in 11 matches in all competitions.
“I’ve not played for a couple of weeks now so I’m looking forward to getting back on the pitch and enjoying playing football,” she added.
“[The aim] for me is just to try to push and try to get a position in the team. I know it’s going to be hard with the form that they’re in, but that’s a personal goal for me.
“As a team, just to try to keep picking up as many points and stay in the cups as long as possible really.”