Sport: Cheltenham Town Ladies sign former Keynsham attacking midfielder Henna Butcher

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Henna Butcher turned down the chance to join Cheltenham Town Ladies last season as she didn’t want to let Keynsham down during their battle with relegation. But when Robins boss Tom Davies made another approach this summer, the 23-year-old attacking midfielder or forward accepted.

“Tom made it very clear that I was still very much a player he wanted to bring in, which was obviously nice to hear,” Butcher said. “But it was the set up and ambition of the club that convinced me to sign.”

Butcher started out at Brighton & Hove Albion Girls’ Centre of Excellence from the age of 10, spending five seasons developing there. Since then she has spent a season with Lewes FC Women Development Squad before taking a break from club football during her time at university.

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She enjoyed three successful years with the University of Bristol Women’s first team, achieving back-to-back promotions and captaining the side for the first season in the BUCS Premier. “After Covid and uni, I had to find a new team so joined Keynsham for my first season in the Southern Premier,” she said.

“Individually I was picking up goals, but as a team it was a very tough season and unfortunately, for a number of reasons, we just weren’t able to compete in most games. We were deep in a relegation battle when Tom first approached me, looking to add reinforcements for Cheltenham’s promotion push.

"He painted a very tempting picture but it felt like ‘jumping ship’ which just didn’t sit right with me. I did keep a close eye on their results after that though and was very pleased to see them win the league.”

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Butcher can now look forward to helping Cheltenham make the step up to the third tier following their title success in 2021/22. “Both the staff and players have been very welcoming from the start,” she said.

“You can see from the intensity at training that everyone is focused and determined to succeed this season. It feels like the structure is there to do so too, both within the team and the club, so it’s a good environment to be in.”

Butcher describes herself as an ‘explosive’ player due to the high speed and energy she offers. “I have played in every position, but what I like about midfield is that you’re heavily involved in all aspects of the game,” she said.

“What I enjoy most is putting the opposition under pressure, robbing the ball, and then driving forwards to create attacks. Of course getting goals is always nice too.

"I can’t wait for the season to get started so we can put what we’ve been working on into practice. Individually I also want to make the most of the coaches available and the knowledge they’ve got, to just keep adding to my game.” Outside of football, Butcher works full-time in a histology lab at Southmead Hospital.

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