West Ham United Women sign Lionesses youngster Lois Joel

West Ham United Women have signed English youngster Lois Joel on a short-term contract.

Joel, who moves to the Irons from the University of North Carolina, told whufc.com:

“I’m super excited to be here at West Ham. I’m so thankful to Matt [Beard] and the club for the opportunity to be here, and now I’m just looking forward to getting out there and playing.

“I like to think I’m a technical player. I like to combine with my teammates, and I try to get up and down the pitch.

“Hopefully you’ll see me getting involved in the attacks, as a full-back, and I’ll be able to get some assists as well as helping our team get a clean-sheet.”

“I’m looking to prove myself in this squad, help the team push up the table, and compete for my place in the team.”

Head coach Matt Beard is looking forward to working with Joel in the coming months and helping the full-back develop her game.

Beard said: “I am delighted to welcome Lois to West Ham United. She is a talented, young defender with a lot of potential, and she has fitted in instantly with our group here.

“I am excited to see how she develops and improves during her time with us.”

Formerly of the Chelsea Development squad, Joel headed overseas to play collegiate football and develop her education in West Virginia, before transferring to the University of North Carolina last year.

The 21-year-old played 25 games for the Tar Heels, providing eight assists in all competitions for the side.

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