Lewes FC can confirm our second new signing under manager Scott Booth, with goalkeeper Sophie Whitehouse arriving at the Dripping Pan from Bristol City.
Whitehouse, 25, left Bristol at the end of last season and links up with her new teammates in East Sussex ahead of the 2022/23 FA Women’s Championship campaign.
The goalkeeper has previously had stints at Tottenham and Birmingham City. Born in Enfield, she grew up in Tanzania and the United States, and captained her college side Columbia University in 2018.
“I’ve been interested in Lewes FC for a while because of the ethos of this club, Equality FC really struck with me. I’ve been playing fully professional for two years and it seems with the coaches coming in that it’s going to be a really good season,” says Whitehouse.
‘I’m very community-minded’
“I’m just excited for the year to come! I spoke to Scott at right at the beginning he told me about his vision for the club, what his aspirations are. It sounds really exciting – and that was another thing that drew me to the club. Speaking to him, what he had to say and his experience in Glasgow for many years. I’m excited to work with him.
“I’m very community-minded, which is why Lewes appealed to me. I love helping out in the community and with my teammates. I’m living with some of the girls in town and it’s starting to feel like home.”
Booth on new signing
Lewes boss Booth says: “Sophie is someone we’ve had on our radar for a while and it’s great to get her on board. She’s a goalkeeper who has so much potential and has had a taste of being No 1.
“That’s what she really wanted – not to sit on the bench anymore. So she’s come in to be our No 1 keeper but it’s up to her to nail that down.
“I don’t see how she can’t do this. She’s a great goalkeeper, has a great attitude and is hugely talented. Sophie just needs a run of games to gain the feeling of being No 1 and to develop her game even more. She needs that consistency of playing.”
Everyone at Lewes FC would like to welcome Sophie to the club.