Ipswich Town Women sign Championship defender Olivia Smith

Ipwich Town;s new signing Olivia Smith
Olivia Clark playing for Charlton Athletic last season. (Hannah Parnell/Sports Press Photo via Imago)

Ipswich Town have signed former England youth international defender Olivia Smith from FA Women’s Championship side Charlton Athletic.

The 21-year-old, who has 16 caps for England at youth level, had a spell with West Ham before joining London Bees last summer, moving on from there to sign for Charlton Athletic.

She played 20 times for the Addicks but turned down a contract extension at the end of the season, as Charlton’s decision to go full-time clashed with Smith’s career in the police force.

Smith becomes the Blues’ first signing of the summer ahead of their FA Women’s National League Southern Premier Division campaign.

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