West Ham United Women are delighted to announce the signing of Mel Filis.
The 18-year-old midfielder makes the move to east London after spending last season with London Bees, where she featured in all 20 FA Women’s Championship matches.
Filis is a product of the Arsenal academy and made her senior debut for the Gunners in December 2018 – at the age of 16.
She then went onto make her WSL debut the following January, where she assisted Katie McCabe in the final moments of the match in a 3-0 victory over Reading.
The midfielder also spent some time training with the team last season, so is familiar with the squad and coaching staff.
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“I’m looking forward to coming into the environment as a young player to really kick-off my pro career and play in the WSL," Filis told West Ham TV. "I like the intensity of the playing style, which will really suit me because I like to play a high energy game.
“I’m really excited to get going and can’t wait to get the season underway,” she said.
Olli Harder is pleased to welcome the youngster to West Ham United and is hoping she will make an impact:
“Mel is a young England international with a lot of potential. She first caught my eye with her attitude, and she is extremely dedicated, wants to work hard and understands the environment she is coming into.
“She has come through the Arsenal academy, where she has been educated well and has a fantastic work ethic. She is somebody that we’re looking to invest into for the future and she will add value to the team.”
Everyone at West Ham United would like to wish Mel well during her time in Claret & Blue.