Royals ladies prepare for new seasonReading FC Women have bolstered their squad with no less than three new signings as they prepare for the new WSL2 season.
The Royals finished third last season, not too far from a promotion spot - and new boss Kelly Chambers will be hoping to earn a place in the top flight for the new campaign, which starts on Wednesday 18th March.
Check our their fixture list here and take a look below at their latest additions.
Charlie joins the Royals from Chelsea Ladies FC, having been a former Royal within our Centre of Excellence. She joined Reading FC initially as a 9 year old before leaving to join Chelsea’s Centre of Excellence in 2011, developing through the ranks to make regular appearances in FA WSL Development League for Chelsea in 2014.
The 16 year old said "I’m looking forward to a new challenge in my football career, Reading FC Women’s offer me the opportunity to play in the FA WSL. I will be working hard to help the team achieve promotion to FA WSL 1 & can’t wait for the season to start’."
She also has form on the International stage with Wales, having represented her country at the age of 13 within the U16’s squad, before captaining the U17’s side in Euro Qualifiers in 2013/14. She is a current member of the Wales U19 squad & recently joined the Senior Wales Camp.
Charlie attends John Madejski Academy as part of our Elite Football Programme, where she combines full-time training with studying her A-levels in PE, Biology & Psychology.
First Team Manager, Kelly Chambers said "It’s great to have Charlie back at Reading FC. I work with Charlie every day at our Junior Academy and she shows that she has the hunger and desire to progress and develop. Chambers added ‘She is a great young talent and will be a great asset to my squad. I am looking forward to working with her in our 1st team environment."
Kylie Davies is the latest acquisition for Reading FC Women, 27 year old centre back joins with a wealth of experience with Clubs including Fulham, Chelsea and Millwall. Her time at Chelsea included two seasons playing in the USA W-League with Richmond Kickers before her 2014 move to Millwall Lionesses.
Davies joins Reading with her sights firmly set on FA WSL 1, she said "They have a great set up here at Reading, the facilities are superb and boast a very young talented squad who are ambitious."
Her International pedigree speaks for itself with having represented England through various age bands and GB Universities before committing her International career to Wales with whom she has made 45 appearances to date. Kylie commented "I hope my knowledge and experience in the game can help bring success to the Club".
On announcing her 2nd signing, Kelly Chambers told us "I am glad to bring Kylie on board at the club. Kylie brings a wealth of experience to our squad which will benefit our younger players and the squad.’ Adding to that she said ‘Kylie is a great defender and I am excited to work with her to push and develop her further."
Follis, 23, becomes our 3rd signing and has joined Reading FC Women from FA WSL 2 rivals Aston Villa Ladies, with whom she spent 12 years, graduating through their Centre of Excellence. She has International honors for England at U19 and is currently involved with the England U23 squad.
Emma said, "Reading FC Women have a great chance of promotion this season and I wanted to be part of that push, I know some of the girls here already they have a great team spirit and togetherness." Having spent a couple of seasons in America with Seattle Sounders & Seattle Reign Reserves, she comes with a lot of experience for a young player and a real desire to be playing in FA WSL 1 with Reading FC Women.
Kelly Chambers, was thrilled to secure the signature of Emma Follis and said "Emma is a great signing for us. She is a quick and exciting player that will fit in well into our squad and the way we play, I’m really looking forward to working with her.’ Chambers added ‘She is a young player who has an exciting future in the game and is hungry to develop"
Follis went on to say "I’ve heard lots of positive things about the coaching staff, the players and the club as a whole. They have high ambitions here and I believe this new challenge will help me develop as player and get Reading FC Women where they want to be …in WSL1"