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Northern Ireland international Ciara Watling joins Charlton Athletic

Northern Ireland midfielder Ciara Watling has joined Charlton Athletic
Northern Ireland midfielder Ciara Watling has joined Charlton Athletic

Northern Ireland international Ciara Watling has signed for Charlton Athletic in the Championship after leaving Crystal Palace.

The 27-year-old midfielder makes the switch across London after spending four seasons with the Eagles, making this her second stint with Charlton.

Watling (nee Sherwood) started her career with the Addicks, earning 54 caps for the Valley outfit and scoring four goals, as well as being part of the team that won the Premier League Southern Division in 2010/11.

After leaving Charlton she had a spell with Millwall Lionesses before moving on to Crystal Palace, who she terminated her contract with last month.

Watling, who also works as business director and girls' coach at independent football coaching academy APD, will be linking up with Northern Ireland team-mate Rachel Newborough at Charlton.

"I’m really happy, excited and looking forward to the second half of the season," said Watling of her return to Charlton.

"First of all my target was to enjoy football, which I’ve started to do straight away. Now my targets are to get into the team, help the team on and off the pitch, start winning some games and hopefully get some goals and assists along the way."

Watling's debut could come as early as Sunday when Charlton welcome Blackburn Rovers in the Championship, while there will be a reunion with Palace on the cards when the two meet on March 29.

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