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Charlton make triple swoop
 Women's Football WPL South News - 4 Feb 2018
WPL South News - Charlton make triple swoop - 4 Feb 2018 - Women's Football NewsRiteesh Mishra has strengthened Charlton Athletic's options with the arrival of three players this week.
Midfielder Kerry Walklett joins the women's team from FA Women's Super League (FA WSL) 1 side Reading FC Women, while Canadian wide player Olivia Lukasewich and American midfielder Elle Nelson complete the triple acquisition.
Lukasewich last played for Vaughan Soccer Club in her native city of Ontario, while Nelson move from French side FC Mulhouse.
On joining the Addicks, Walklett, who has also represented Watford and Oxford in FA WSL 2, said she's been impressed with the club's ambitions. "The team are doing great in the league so I've got to do well, there's pressure but we've got a great team and set up so that makes things easier for me," she said.
"After training with the girls and the manager and seeing the set up here I was impressed by the quality of the team and I'm really enjoying it already. You can see the club has high ambitions."
Lukasewich made a goalscoring debut in the women's team's 9-0 Premier League South against Swindon Town on Sunday, slotting home coolly when one-on-one with the Swindon keeper. After putting pen to paper last week, the versatile 23-year-old said she wanted to make an immediate impact for her new side.
"I don't mind coming off the bench but I don't want to be resting on the bench - that's not why I came here," she said. "So I expect to be a piece of the puzzle and [Mishra] said that right now they do have a role they need to fill. Hopefully I can do that.
"The facilities here are fantastic. I feel like the team is really professional in their attitude and mindset - that was really intriguing for me because it's been a while since I've been on a team that feels, looks and acts this professional."
Lukasewich had a brief spell playing in the Scottish Women's Premier League for Spartans FC. She began her career playing for local side Markham before moving south of the border to the United States to study at and play for Division I college side Louisiana Tech.
Nelson came on as a second half substitute in the Swindon game and impressed. The Montana-born midfielder previously played for Women's Premier Soccer League side Portland FC Mulhouse.
The 23-year-old said she was impressed with the quality of her new team mates and the coaching staff: "I fell in love with the girls, the coaching staff is phenomenal. I feel like this is a place where I can reach my full potential. To me it was a no brainer.
"The girls are really positive, they all have the same mentality of wanting to succeed, wanting to win and push each other. I really appreciate that and it's one of the main things that pushed me towards Charlton."
Nelson began her career representing home town side Missoula Strikers before moving to Portland and studying at and playing for Warner Pacific College.

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