McKenna on embracing new challenges and ambitions

Rebecca McKenna

Charlton Athletic Women's latest signing, Rebecca McKenna, is eager to embark on a new chapter in her football journey. In her first interview as an Addicks player, the 22-year-old defender expressed her excitement about joining the club and her determination to push herself to new heights.

McKenna shared her enthusiasm, saying, "Obviously, it's exciting times. I feel like I've been at Lewes for two seasons, and I felt like it was a good time in my career to come out of my comfort zone and push myself on." The Northern Irish player highlighted that speaking with Charlton's manager, Karen Hills, assured her that this move would be the right step to becoming a "bigger and better person."

The talented defender's time at Lewes was marked by notable highlights, including facing Manchester United in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup. She attributed her success to hard work and dedication, saying, "I feel like when I went to Lewes, I just put everything into it, and that only benefited me in getting more games under my belt."

McKenna's international career has been equally impressive, representing Northern Ireland in the 2022 Euros. She expressed her desire to continue pushing forward with the national team and aimed for more successes in the future.

When asked about her decision to move to Charlton, McKenna spoke highly of her conversation with Head Coach Karen, highlighting the sense of clarity and positivity she felt. She mentioned, "Everything just felt so refreshing, and in my mind, it felt so clear, and I didn't even have one doubt about going."

As McKenna looks ahead to the upcoming season, she sets her personal aims and ambitions high. With a determination to push herself and the team, she hopes to contribute to Charlton's success in the league. Her versatility as a defender who can also operate in midfield will undoubtedly be an asset to the team. 

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(Article by Will Miller)

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