Grimsby Town Women are delighted to announce the signing of goalkeeper Georgia Wattam on an initial loan from FA Women's National League side Leeds United.
The 21-year-old goalkeeper is a vastly experienced player who has played at National League level since she was 16.
Following her first spell at Leeds, Wattam signed for Manchester City but was unlucky to have her time there cut short through injury.
Her steely determination saw her bounce back from this disappointment though and, after spells at Brighouse and Barnsley, she returned to Leeds United and has been the number one goalkeeper this season.
Manager Dale Houlston was delighted with that the Mariners were able to secure the loan signing of Wattam.
He said: "For me this is a terrific signing. I've known about Georgia for some time and we had an initial chat with her in the summer when I was putting my squad together.
“In truth, at that time I felt it was very adventurous of me to be trying to sign a goalkeeper who had been playing at Leeds United at Women's National League level.
“But if you don't ask you don't get, and as my good old Dad used to say ‘Nothing ventured, nothing gained son.’
“I have recently found myself with a bit of a goalkeeper crisis, because in truth Chelsea Brittle's fitness has been problematic all season – at the moment I am not sure if we will see Chelsea in a Grimsby Town shirt again this term.
“I feel very sorry for Chelsea who is a talented goalkeeper, but she has been so unlucky with injuries – first of all with a knee that kept her out and now with what looks like a very nasty thigh problem.
“So I have really had to work hard to find a solution. Things change in football all of the time, and things have changed in the last week or so at Leeds United which means that Georgia is available to us on dual-registration terms.
“Leeds United manager Dan O’Hearne has been kind enough to help us out with this, and I am very grateful for him in trusting us with a special player.
“That's exactly what Georgia is – a special player – and I am grateful to her for joining us and I have promised both her and Dan that I am going to look after her very well while she’s with us.
"Georgia will bring a lot of experience to the group for as long as she is with us.
“If she is needed back at Leeds United then of course we accept that, but for now she is with us and I am sure she will make a massive contribution and will enjoy being part of what we are building here.
“What I am delighted about is that it is great to have good friends in football and I think we can be very proud that clubs like Leeds United and players of Georgia's calibre are happy to work with us – that bodes well for the future.”
Everybody at Grimsby Town Football Club wishes Georgia every success during her time with us.