Eartha Cumings put pen to paper to become Charlton Athletic Women’s first ever professional player earlier this week, and the 22-year-old goalkeeper has spoken about her decision to stay with the Addicks.
Cumings was named as the Players’ Player of the Year last season, having been impressive in her debut campaign with the club.
Speaking after signing professionally with the Addicks, Cumings said: “I feel really excited. I’m really looking forward to the coming season and seeing what we can achieve as a group.
“I really enjoyed my time here last season – it was obviously nice to be back playing again after a couple of seasons of not playing quite so much. And then this season with the ambition and investment in the team, and the integration into the wider club as a whole, I think it’s a really exciting place to be.”
The stopper also hailed the impact of owner Thomas Sandgaard as Charlton Athletic Women transition from semi-professional to professional ahead of the 2021/22 FA Women’s Championship campaign.
“Thomas [Sandgaard] has been really welcoming to the women’s team. He’s really invested in us and he’s really interested in seeing us improve and fulfil our potential this season.
“It’s great to be working with the whole club and it really feels like we’re a valued part of the club at large, which is really good.”