Otesha Charles joins Watford

Guyana international becomes a Golden Girl

Otesha Charles joins Watford
Charles battles for the ball with Canada's Kadeisha Buchanan in Olympic qualifying (credit: Scott Halleran/Getty)

Lady Jag and former Millwall Lionesses striker Otesha Charles has joined Watford.

Originally from Guyana, Charles moved to England when she was six and with a strong connection to her home, Charles made her debut for the Lady Jags in 2011, helping her side reach the second round of CONCACAF qualification for the U20 championships. With complications higher up the team started to stagnate before a recent resurgence that saw Charles earn her full senior debut as the Lady Jags began qualification for Rio 2016. Although unsuccessful in the bid to reach the Olympics, Charles shone for her side and caught the eye home and abroad.

Although the Guyanese striker is no stranger to WSL 2, having spent time in south London with Millwall. Charles was in inspired form for the Lionesses’ development team, averaging more than one goal per game, however she failed to make a suitable impact on the first team and left to pursue other opportunities.

Another option for Watford

With players having been shuffled around this season, Charles will give the Golden Girls more options up top and will fight for a start against the likes of Charlotte Kerr, Katie Stanley and Ann-Laure Davy. Despite the options in attack, Watford have been painfully goal-shy this campaign with just eight goals in eleven league games, with seven matches left in the season Charles will be looking to make an instant impact.

Rowson's time in the Watford dugout is over | Photo: watford.fawsl.com
Rowson's time in the Watford dugout is over | Photo: watford.fawsl.com

The news comes just hours after the Golden Girls announced the departure of Katie Rowson from her role as first team manager. With no replacement or interim manager having been named yet, Charles will have just nine days to get to know her new teammates before Watford are next in league action when they face Sheffield in Dronfield next weekend. The prolific Lady Jag will be looking to cause early problems for the home defence and get her Watford career off to a flying start.