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Leeds sign Katie Holtham
 Women's Football News 25 Jul 2007
Leeds sign Katie Holtham - 25 Jul 2007 - Women's Football NewsLeeds United today announced the signing of England under-23 midfielder, Katie Holtham, who had been chased for her signature by most of the Premier League.
Katie has previously played for Charlton Athletic, Bristol Academy and Lincoln City, and has been capped at England Under-17s, Under-19s, and Under-23s, as well as having been involved with the full England squad.
Leeds Manager, Rick Passmoor, said: "I am looking forward to working with Katie, she is a tremendous player and there was a lot of interest from other clubs trying to sign her.
"When I joined Leeds, we identified areas that needed strengthened and therefore, we targeted certain players. Katie was one of these players and will strengthen the squad. She is strong, athletic and a good box to box midfield player.
"Although still young she has a few years experience of playing in the Premier League, International football and a cup final. Katie is hungry to be successful, to improve and learn and thatīs the type of player we want playing for Leeds.
Katie Holtham added: "I was happy at Charlton and had no intention of leaving but when the womenīs team was dropped, I had to look around for a new club.
"I took plenty of time to meet with other clubs, to hear their plans and what the manager would want from me. After speaking with Rick and Leanne (Hall) about their plans for the team over the next few years and how they thought they could make me a better player, it sounded just the challenge I needed.
"I wanted to join a club with a future and one which could be challenging for trophies. Leeds have some very talented players already at the club and I am relishing playing alongside players like Sue Smith.
"I also spoke with Mel Vauvelle, the Chairperson, as I didnīt want to be in the same position with Leeds that I had been with Charlton. However, I found that Leeds United Ladies donīt rely upon the menīs club at all and are totally self-funding.
"They also have some big announcements to make soon, which sound great for womenīs football and show how ambitious the club are. It also means I will be able to train regularly with my club side without too much travelling.
"My ultimate goal is to win things and push my way into the full England squad and playing for Leeds should give me every opportunity to do that."

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