Crystal Palace Ladies are very pleased to announce the signing of goalkeeper, Lucy Gillett, from Brighton and Hove Albion on loan until the end of the season.
Gillett joins the Eagles with a wealth of experience, starting in America and later enjoying an award-winning spell in the Icelandic league, before joining Watford and latterly, Brighton.
The deal, the first between the clubs, was concluded this week, with a view to Gillett, 25, being available for the Eagles' away trip to London Bees this weekend.
For Palace, who have been beset by injuries this season, including to their ‘keepers Megen Lynch, and last Saturday, Shanell Salgado, the deal is perfect timing.
Palace Ladies Chairman Richard Spokes commented, saying, “We were looking to use the transfer window positively, and whilst we have been left needing to react, it was this level of signing that we were targeting. Lucy is a player who comes to us with high levels of experience and an energy and ambition for her football. There is no doubt that she will be a perfect fit for our squad and will, together with our other business in the window, be an ideal addition.
"We are very grateful to our friends at Brighton for working up this opportunity with us. Their willingness to complete the loan and provide Lucy with the opportunity for game time with us, is testament to the ethos at their club.
"From our perspective, as we look to strengthen our position in The Championship, this is a signal of our intent, and the continued commitment to our efforts by Steve Parish and everyone at Crystal Palace FC, and the immense desire for us to continue to deliver on our ambitions.”
Speaking at her first training session, only hours after the deal was concluded, Gillett said, “Things have happened very quickly in the past day or so. I have been very keen to increase my game time and when the opportunity to join Palace came up, it seemed ideal for everyone.
"I am really looking forward to being a part of what the club are trying to achieve this season and can’t wait to get started. I know a few of the girls personally or through players at Brighton, so fitting in shouldn't be tricky. I know how much Palace means to their fans, not least from playing against them earlier in the season!
"They are a passionate and loyal bunch. I now look forward to being someone they support for the rest of the season as I do my best for everyone involved at the club.”
Palace manager Dean Davenport added, “It is terrific news that we have Lucy on board. She is a very good ‘keeper and, we all believe, a perfect fit at Palace for the rest of the season. The signing of a professional terms WSL player, able to bring the experience, qualities and knowledge she has to our squad is exactly what we are keen to show.
"Our transfer window has been very positive, with the addition of three players, so far in key positions; giving us the perfect springboard into the second half of the season.”
Palace Ladies travel to London Bees for their next FA Women’s Championship game on Sunday, kicking-off at 14.00.