London Bees are delighted to welcome Welsh International Striker Helen Ward to The Hive London on a dual signing basis in partnership with National League side Watford FC Women.
With the Hornets unable to currently participate in fixtures due to the non-elite sport status of the Women’s National League, we have agreed on a deal to dual sign Ward during this period. The move allows Ward to maintain her sharpness ahead of her return to the Hertfordshire Club and to ensure she has the best possible chance to be selected for the Welsh National Team.
Ward’s arrival comes as a big boost to Lee Burch’s side, the striker certainly knows where the back of the net is and will give the Bees extra firepower and experience at the top end of the pitch.
The 34-year-old has made several international appearances for her country and is one the most feared attackers in the Women’s National League, her know-how and ability will allow the Bees to push on as we enter a crucial stage of the FA Women’s Championship season.
Should the Women’s National League season restart then Ward would of course return to the Hornets, but in this down period where the striker want’s opportunities to continue building match sharpness the deal represents benefit to both the player and the two Clubs involved.
Speaking on the signing of Ward, Manager Lee Burch said:
“Helen is a top professional, she has been there, seen it and done it. She’s fully committed to Watford but with the pandemic, this has given us an opportunity to bring her in. The deal works for all parties, we haven’t scored enough goals this year, Helen will bring that both on the pitch and the training ground.
“I’m really pleased she’s here and she is really excited about the opportunity to continue playing, obviously she is looking to force herself into the Welsh National side. We’re really appreciative of Watford for their understanding of the situation and we’re excited to see her go and put on a Bees shirt. There is no doubt she will score some goals for us during the period she is here with us.”
Ward will wear the number 28 shirt during her time with the Bees and we’re thrilled to have her on board at The Hive London. The Bees would also like to reiterate their thanks to Watford Football Club for their support in this dual signing agreement.