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Pompey Women Swoop For Two Forwards

True and de Bunsen both join Blues

9 July 2019

Pompey Women

Charmaine True and Tamsin de Bunsen have signed for Pompey Women ahead of the upcoming National League season.

The former returns to the club following a year at Crystal Palace, where she netted 33 goals for the reserves.

True appeared three times for the first team, making her senior debut for the Eagles in a 7-2 League Cup rout of the London Bees.

The 25-year-old striker – who will wear the number 15 shirt – began her career at AFC Portchester, with 56 goals over two seasons alerting the attention of Pompey.

She first joined the club at the start of the 2017/18 season and featured for the first team in a defeat at Palace.

Blues boss Jay Sadler said: “Charmaine is an exciting talent with lots of skill, exceptional pace, a good work ethic and an eye for goal.

“She had a great season with Crystal Palace, breaking into the first team towards the later stages, and has all the attributes needed to become a Portsmouth Women player.

"Charmaine is an exciting talent with lots of skill, exceptional pace, a good work ethic and an eye for goal."

Jay Sadler

“Having briefly worked with Charmaine in the past, I am excited to bring her back. I firmly believe this is the perfect environment for her to continue her progression.”

Also arriving is 18-year-old Tamsin de Bunsen, who hit five goals in an injury-hit campaign for Reading’s development side last term.

The forward began her career with Fulham and Chelsea at youth level, before moving to Gillingham and then the Royals, where she made her debut against Bristol City in 2017.

She made a total of four appearances for Reading’s first team and has been handed Pompey’s number nine shirt.

Sadler said: “I’m delighted to welcome Tamsin to the club. She is an exciting young player, with tremendous strength and finishing ability.

“As soon as we were alerted to her situation, we were straight on the phone. Dropping down a few levels might surprise some, but it just shows the level of ambition this club has to acquire a player of her calibre.

"She is an exciting young player, with tremendous strength and finishing ability."

Jay Sadler

“I think she will be an excellent fit for the current group. Her qualities match the important characteristics we highlighted throughout our recruitment strategy and I’m really excited to see Tam progress in the blue of Pompey.”


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