News Release, West Ham United
Laura Vetterlein may be heading into the peak of her playing career, but the new West Ham United signing still expects to learn a lot more about football now she has signed with the Irons.
The German defender became Matt Beard’s first acquisition of the summer for his Barclays Women’s Super League side on Friday, moving to the Hammers from SC Sand.
A switch to east London is the first time Vetterlein has played outside of the Bundesliga, but the 27-year-old is ready for the challenge of the English game.
It will be my first time I’m playing away from Germany, so it’s a different way of playing football, but I expect to learn a lot of new things.
“It was a big thing for me to come and try something new, and get to know a new league,” Vetterlein told whufc.com. “I’ve been in the Bundesliga for ten years and I was ready to have a new challenge.
“The FA WSL is a league that has been improving so much and I’m really looking forward to being a part of this journey. It will be my first time I’m playing away from Germany, so it’s a different way of playing football, but I expect to learn a lot of new things.”
The center-back admitted she is expecting to find a more physical division in the WSL than she has been used to and is relishing the test of playing in England.
By her own admission, Vetterlein feels she is heading into the prime of her career and is ready to bring her best football to West Ham United.