Anna Filbey thrilled to reunite with Karen Hills

Anna Filbey is thrilled to reunite with Karen Hills, having played under the Charlton manager while at Tottenham Hotspur.

The Wales international arrives from north London on the back of a loan spell in the Scottish Women’s Premier League with Celtic.

“My first impressions have been really good,” revealed Filbey. “I’m loving it at the moment. I can’t wait to carry on. Obviously I’ve worked with Karen [Hills] before so I know what she’s about. After speaking to her and understanding the ambition of the club, I felt they really matched mine. I’m buzzing to be here.

“It’s very exciting to be a Charlton player, the one club feel. I’ve never been at a club that’s had that, so it’s really exciting. I can’t wait to see where it can take us.”

Filbey is enjoying the Addicks’ pre-season preparations ahead of the fast-approaching FA Women’s Championship campaign, having become a full-time, professional side this summer.

“Football things have been really good,” she explained. “The strength and conditioning has been hard to be fair, a lot of running but it’s been good. I feel like I need to work on that so that’s been brilliant. The football side has been excellent; I feel like as a group we’ve needed to gel, but it’s happened really quickly so it’s been nice to see.

“I can’t wait for the season to start. As I said we’re gelling as a group and I can’t wait to see how we just build onto that again to be honest.”

The 21-year-old is eager to welcome Charlton supporters back for the coming season, while affording an insight into her attributes as a player.

“I’ve only heard good things,” says Filbey of the Addicks faithful. “I can’t wait to hear them and have them at our games.

“I like to be a leader, I’m a player who likes to have the ball and dictate play, so hopefully they’ll see that from me.”

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