Charli Grant has signed for Tottenham, with the Matildas defender joining the growing Australian contingent in the Women’s Super League (WSL).
Grant moves to Spurs on a deal until 2026, having departed Swedish outfit Vittsjo GIK at the end of the Damallsvenskan season.
The 22-year-old A-Leagues graduate joins Young Matilda Milly Boughton at Tottenham.
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“It feels very surreal,” Grant said in an interview with SPURSPLAY. “It’s definitely a dream come true and I’m excited to get started. What we are building here at the club is very special and something I wanted to be a part of.
“Robert (Vilahamn) definitely got me over the line, he gave me a good gut feeling and coached against me in Sweden and his team were always very competitive and the style of play is something I want to be a part of, so I’m really grateful to be here.
“His team was always a top team, always a hard team to beat, high-pressing and always very technical, so now to be playing under him it is definitely better to be on that side than against him.”
She added: “I have had a lot of fun meeting all my new teammates, they have been very welcoming and it feels like I have been part of the team for a long time but only been one day, so I’m looking forward to what the future holds.
“As a team, we want to progress as far as we can, that has already been established in the first training session. For me, personally, I want to push for a starting spot in the team and help the team where I can to get those results.”
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Grant joins the Aussie contingent in the WSL, where Sam Kerr (Chelsea), Caitlin Foord (Arsenal), Steph Catley (Arsenal), Kyra Cooney-Cross (Arsenal), Mary Fowler (Manchester City), Alanna Kennedy (Manchester City), Mackenzie Arnold (West Ham), Teagan Micah (Liverpool), Charlize Rule (Brighton and Hove Albion), Courtney Nevin (Leicester City), Remy Siemsen (Leicester City) and Clare Wheeler (Everton) all currently play.
“Every time, you put on your national team jersey, it’s a huge honour. It’s something I have always dreamt of since I was a little girl and to score that goal was incredible,” she said.
“I felt really part of the team, the response everyone had around me was fantastic and they were so happy for me and that gave me confidence to grow my game even more from there. I was lucky enough to have some friends over in England watching the game, so that was special with them.”
Grant and Boughton are not the only Aussies at Tottenham, with Ange Postecoglou in charge of the men’s Premier League side and former Socceroos Mile Jedinak part of his coaching staff in London.
“Everyone back home in Australia is very proud of Ange and he’s doing a great job with the club, it’s nice to have an Aussie around,” he said.
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