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West Ham United Ladies are delighted to announce the signing of England international Claire Rafferty from Chelsea Women.
Rafferty signs for the Hammers after spending the last 11 seasons with Chelsea; a run in which the left back helped the Blues claim the FA WSL title and FA Women's Cup on two occasions - both coming in double winning campaigns.
"I'm buzzing about joining West Ham Ladies," Rafferty told whufc.com. "As soon as I turned up at the training ground I got a really nice, gut feeling about the Club, and that's what made me think that this is the club for me. It eliminated any doubt.
"It didn't matter what anyone said; it was that feeling that was the decider."
A regular for Chelsea since joining the side from Millwall Lionesses in 2007, Rafferty began her career with the Blues on the left of midfield, before making the change to a left sided defender.
Rafferty was a significant part of Chelsea's transformation into a professional side and also brings European experience to West Ham, having played in the Champions League with the Blues, culminating in a run to the semi finals of the competition last season.
Rafferty admitted: "It's quite surreal, having been at a club for such a long time, to now be wearing a different coloured jersey. It's lovely to be here at West Ham. The side has such a nice vibe.
"It was time for a change. I wasn't playing as much as I wanted to and, with West Ham coming into the new WSL, I know the club wants to be challenging for the top places.
"With the players, the management and the set up, it felt like the right thing to do. West Ham really jumped out at me and I'm really happy to be here."
Claire Rafferty is the second Chelsea player to join up with West Ham this week, following the signing of goalkeeper Rebecca Spencer.
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