Lewes FC can confirm versatile player Amber-Keegan Stobbs has joined the Rooks from Watford.
Stobbs, 29, arrives at the Dripping Pan with plenty of experience behind her, having represented West Ham, Charlton and Crystal Palace earlier in her career.
The Londoner made 20 league appearances for Watford last season and says she cannot wait for a new challenge in East Sussex.
“When Lewes said they were interested I jumped at it,” she says. “I’ve played at the Dripping Pan various times and Lewes were always a good outfit. It’s a tough place to go and play.
“I love the values of this club. The environment around the place and what we stand for – I’m someone who prides myself on my values and does everything I can to stick to them. I work for a few charities and Lewes really made sense, as they have the same values.
“Equity Sport is one of the charities I work for volunteering – and to find the club that has the same values as that is really rare.”
‘There’s definitely a buzz around the group’
Stobbs began her WSL career at Reading and also played for Everton in her early years. A versatile player, she is ready to hit the ground running after becoming the latest signing under new boss Scott Booth.
“We can build on last season,” she says. “We finished eighth and there’s definitely a buzz around the group. With the way things have been put in place on and off the pitch, and how the club is building in general, we can expect to have a great season.
“The fans will see someone who is excited to be here, a hard worker and ready to put a performance in. I’ll give everything for the club and my teammates. I’ve played every position in the Championship except for goalkeeper, and I’m ready to work hard for my place here too.”
Booth: ‘She’s incredibly versatile’
Lewes boss Booth says: “Amber is a player who has been on our radar since the early stages of us coming into the club. It’s taken a good while to get her onboard but what she brings is a lot of experience to a young side, which will be vital for us.
“She knows this league inside out. She’ll be a great teammate to the rest of the squad and she’s got that level of experience that she can bring here and help the younger ones.
“But it’s also about her quality. She’s a really good football player and is incredibly versatile in a number of positions. I joked that we’ll play her as a goalkeeper! She’s the sort of player who can play and has played in every position. But I’d like to lock her down to one position as that generally means she can excel there and we don’t need anyone else in there.
“But if she’s able to fill in different roles when we need it, that’s something that is very important over the course of a season.”
Everyone at Lewes FC would like to welcome Amber to the club.