Lifelong Hammers fan Kate Longhurst moved to West Ham in 2018 after a five-year stint with Liverpool.
Born in Witham, Longhurst grew up as a fierce West Ham United supporter, and initially made the move into football as a youngster with Colchester.
A first taste of top flight football followed at 20-years-old, as Longhurst made the switch to Watford, playing for the Hornets for one season.
The versatile midfielder made the switch to Chelsea in 2011, spending two years with the Blues, and scoring a crucial goal for the side in the 2012 Women’s FA Cup Final against Birmingham City.
Having worked under Hammers coach Beard for her first season with Chelsea, the pair were brought together once again at Liverpool, as Longhurst made the move to the North West in 2013.
The 29-year-old would establish herself as a crucial cog in the Reds’ line-up for five seasons, including helping the club to lift back-to-back WSL titles in her first two campaigns with the team.
Liverpool’s achievements saw the club play Champions League football, with Longhurst representing the side during their European tests.
Longhurst missed just one game in her debut season with West Ham United, scoring three goals in all competitions.