Women's team bolster their ranks with triple signing

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Riteesh Mishra strengthened the Charlton women's team's options by adding three players to his squad this week.

Midfielder Kerry Walklett joins the women's team from FA Women's Super League (FAWSL) 1 side Reading, while Canadian wide player Olivia Lukasewich and American midfielder Elle Nelson complete the triple acquisition.

Lukasewich last played for Vaughan Soccer Club in her native city of Ontario, while Nelson moves from French side FC Mulhouse.

Walklett, pictured below, has also represented Watford and Oxford in the FAWSL 2 and has been impressed with the club's ambitions.

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She said: "After training with the girls and the manager and seeing the set-up here, I was impressed by the quality of the team and I'm really enjoying it. You can see the club has high ambitions."

Lukasewich made a goal-scoring debut in the Addicks' 9-0 victory against Swindon Town on Sunday, slotting home coolly when one-on-one with the Swindon goalkeeper.

After putting pen to paper last week, the versatile 23-year-old, who is picture below, said she wanted to make an immediate impact for her new side.

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"The facilities here are fantastic," she said. "I feel like the team is really professional in their attitude and mindset - that was really intriguing for me because it's been a while since I've been on a team that feels, looks and acts this professional."

Nelson, pictured at the top, came on as a second-half substitute in the Swindon win and the Montana-born midfielder, who has previously played for Women's Premier Soccer League side Portland FC Mulhouse, is impressed with the quality of her new team mates and the coaching staff: 

She said: "The girls are really positive, they all have the same mentality of wanting to succeed, wanting to win and push each other. I really appreciate that and it's one of the main things that pushed me towards Charlton."

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