Charlton Athletic head coach Karen Hills has started her summer rebuilding project with the club having today announced the news that 13 players will leave at the end of their contracts this summer.
The Addicks have reported that Grace Coombs, Charley Clifford, Ellie Dorey, Simone Eligon, Kara Fordjour, Katie Godden, Alice Griffiths, Jaime Gotch, Jenna Legg, Beth Lumsden, Ella Powell, Shanell Salgado and Olivia Smith are all moving on at the end of their contracts.
The news comes as no real surprise with Charlton Athletic now operating under a one club ownership model and having long term ambitions of becoming a Barclays FA Women’s Super League outfit. The Addicks are set to move from a part-time operation to a full-time outfit from next season.
Head coach Hills and manager Riteesh Mishra are set to receive the financial backing of the board which will allow them to assemble a strong squad and potentially push for promotion in 2021/2022. The pair are expected to begin to add new faces to the squad in the coming weeks.
Speaking after the player departures were announced, Hills gave special thanks to long-serving pair Coombs and Clifford by saying “I would like to thank Grace and Charley for everything they have done for this club. They are two players who have become synonymous with Charlton and have given so much.
“They’ve played a huge role in getting us to where we are today and we all wish them the very best for the future.”
Hills also went on to give thanks to the other 11 members of the 2020/2021 squad who are moving on.
She said “Since I arrived at the club I have been very pleased with the hard work and commitment that the whole squad has put in to ensure we finished the season as well as we did. I’d like to thank Ellie, Simone, Kara, Katie, Alice, Jaime, Jenna, Beth, Ella, Shanell and Olivia for their contributions and wish them the best in their future careers.”
Charlton Athletic finished the 2020/2021 season in eighth position in the FA Women’s Championship table. Financial backing in the January transfer window allowed manager Mishra to bring in a number of players to help bolster the squad and secure the club’s survival. The clear target is now to really push on in 2021/2022.