Anna Moorhouse makes Hammers Ladies move


West Ham United have signed goalkeeper Anna Moorhouse, who had been restricted to a dozen first team appearances during her 15-month spell with Arsenal.

General manager Karen Ray told “Anna brings a wealth of professionalism and experience having played at Arsenal. The team will not only benefit from her height and distribution, but her determination to consistently develop in a competitive and exciting environment.”

Moorhouse (23), who began her professional career with Everton but has also had time at Durham and Doncaster Rovers Belles, said: “It’s a fresh start for everyone. Matt (Beard) has come in and said everyone is on a level field, everyone can play, and everyone’s got a chance. It’s just something that appealed to me straight off.”

With Becky Spencer joining from Chelsea earlier in June, Moorhouse becomes the second goalkeeper to sign for the Irons this summer.

Now with first-team places up for grabs in the new side, Moorhouse is looking forward to the competition she’ll have with Spencer for the number one shirt.

“You’ve got to have that relationship, you’ve got to be competitive with each other, you’ve got to push each other. At the end of the day there’s one shirt on the pitch and there’s one shirt on the bench, it’ll be good competition. I’ll give everything. I’ve been waiting a long time.”

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