Tottenham Hotspur Women have loads of work to do within the switch window to enhance their squad forward of the brand new WSL season, particularly after letting 11 gamers go away within the offseason. They’re working arduous, nonetheless, and right now introduced their fourth new signing of the summer time, welcoming 25-year previous former Reading defender Molly Bartrip as their latest participant. Bartrip has signed a two yr contract.
✍️ We are delighted to announce the signing of @mollybarts!The defender has signed a contract with the Club till 2023 and can put on the quantity 5 shirt.Welcome to Spurs, Molly! pic.twitter.com/zM2NFvV2zW— Tottenham Hotspur Women (@SpursWomen) July 16, 2021
Bartrip is a central defender and joins a line of defense anchored by Shelina Zadorsky and Kerys Harrop. She’s an skilled defender, with 21 appearances and 1800+ minutes for a Reading facet that completed one spot and 4 factors higher than Spurs final season. She has seven years of WSL expertise and has remodeled 100 appearances for Reading, the place she spent everything of her skilled profession.
Bartrip additionally has a previous reference to Tottenham — she began her youth profession at Spurs as a schoolgirl earlier than transferring on to have stints within the Charlton and Arsenal academies. She talked about the influence Spurs had on her at an early age in an announcement on Tottenham’s web site.
“I’m excited to hitch Spurs – it’s a recent begin for me and I’m actually trying ahead to assembly the gamers, workers and followers. I can’t wait to get to know everybody in pre-season after which look to begin the season strongly.
“I used to be at Reading for a very long time, I grew up as an individual and a footballer there however now I’m prepared to maneuver on into a unique path. I’m so excited to begin right here as a result of it’s model new for me, I’m popping out of my consolation zone and embracing new challenges. I wish to get higher, I wish to develop as a participant and I believe I’ve bought a tremendous alternative to do this right here.
“In phrases of my profession, in a manner I really feel like I’ve come full circle now – my first ever women’ staff was Tottenham, I cherished it and it’s the place I fell in love with the sport if I’m trustworthy. It was the place I realised that I needed to go on to turn into knowledgeable footballer and to come back again now, I’m so proud at how far Tottenham has come as a Club and I’m prepared to provide my all to hopefully assist to take us to the subsequent degree.”
Bartrip is becoming a member of a Tottenham facet that has loads of ambition however continues to be a relative newcomer to the WSL and has loads to show if it desires to match the targets it says it has. Experience counts for lots within the WSL, and Bartrip has a ton of it. Her signing exhibits that Spurs head coach Rehanne Skinner is engaged on actually constructing one thing in north London, even when the progress is slower than what impatient followers would possibly need.
Welcome to Tottenham, Molly!