Jade Skillen feels she can provide Tottenham Hotspur with the missing link they currently lacking from their armoury in the front third.
The diminutive Newmarket based winger has agreed to join the north London side after being without a club since leaving West Ham United.
Coached by former Charlton Athletic women’s team star Karen Hills, the Spurs women’s team — who play their home games at Ryman League Division One North outfit Ware — currently sit fifth in the FA Women’s Premier League Southern Division, a place above her former club.
“Having watched them play it seems that they have struggled with a bit of pace out wide, and that is something I can bring to the team as that is what my game is all about, along with my link-up play,” said Skillen. “I am very excited about the whole thing as it is the first time since I was at university in America that I will have been managed by a woman, and the girls have really welcomed me into the squad.”
Taking a moment to reflect on her time with West Ham United, Skillen — who runs her own fitness bootcamp classes in the town — has issued two key reasons behind her departure from the club.
“The main reason that I left West Ham was that I was struggling to juggle my business with my football commitments,” said Skillen. “There was a change in their coaching set-up and they were not as lenient with my work.
“I had to put the business first as my client base had become bigger and things had become massively busy.
“Plus I started to get played out of position as I was being put left-back and that started to put me off.”
Although for the time being the 23-year-old is looking forward to her new association with Spurs, she still has hopes she will be able to live out her ultimate dream, and play in the top flight of the FA Women’s Super League .
“My dream since I was six years old has been to play football at the highest level possible,” said Skillen. “I will probably give myself until I am 26 in trying to make that happen. If I don’t reach that level I will carry on playing at the standard I am at.”
Skillen should be in contention for her Spurs debut in their home match against Cardiff FC later this month.