After watching West Ham Ladies captain Stacey Little lift the Essex County Cup at the end of last season, Vicky Kinsman knew she wanted to re-join the Hammers.
The forward had been playing against West Ham for the Barking Ladies and despite her best efforts, watched on helplessly as her team were comfortably swept aside 5-1 at AFC Hornchurch’s stadium.
But Kinsman knew the step up to the Women’s Premier League Southern Division was going to be tough so she spent the summer going to the gym almost daily to ensure she was ready for the Ladies’ trials - a commitment she says she is still reaping the benefits of.
‘I knew some of the girls from when I played for West Ham 10 years ago but I was really nervous at the trials because I wasn’t sure I was going to get in but Julian [Dicks] seemed to like me and I’ve played every game, which has been more than I could have ever hoped for,’ she said.
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