Connor-Iommi signs for the Bees!
Bees announce first signing, with central defender Jemma Connor-Iommi joining from Oxford United Women.
London Bees are delighted to announce the signing of Jemma Connor-Iommi ahead of the new FA Women’s Super League season.
The 29-year-old central defender joins the club from last season’s FA WSL2 rivals Oxford United Women, where she was an ever-present throughout a campaign that saw the Yellows finish four points ahead of the Bees.
Jemma has also represented the then-named West Bromwich Albion Ladies and Birmingham City Ladies in her native Midlands and has captained Nottingham Forest Ladies in the Women’s Premier League, as well as representing the Republic of Ireland at international level.
Reflecting on her arrival at The Hive, Jemma admitted that the vision of Head Coach Julian Broomes had been a big factor in her decision to make the switch:
“It feels great to have joined. There is such a great atmosphere around the club. The vision going forward is quite encouraging and that is one of the reasons why I wanted to make the move over to London Bees.
“I haven’t in my many, many years of experience within football I have not met a coach that passionate and that determined to get somewhere than Julian. That was it really and that was what sold it to me.”
As the oldest player in the squad, Jemma – who will wear the number 21 shirt – also believes that she can use her experience to help the Bees push on towards a successful season that could well turn a few heads:
“I played every single game last season and I was one of the only players within the Women’s Super League to do that so I know all about the rollercoaster that it is.
“I have played at international level so I am very experienced within the game and I feel that it is a duty of mine to pass certain things on to the younger team members and it is a role that I really enjoy.
“I’m really positive. I can’t wait for us to get started. We have had a great pre-season and since I have come in I have seen the team grow massively. I’m really confident and I think that it is going to be a really good season. I think that teams will be shocked when they face us and see the results.”
Meanwhile, Julian Broomes admitted that he was delighted to have secured Jemma’s services ahead of the new campaign:
“Jemma is a player I had seen play against us for Oxford and she was also recommended to me by another coach and a couple of players.
“She has been around for a little while and her attitude is really good. She is a solid defender as everyone can see, she knows the game and she brings that maturity and quality so I am really pleased that she has joined.”
Everybody at London Bees would like to wish Jemma a warm welcome to The Hive and look forward to having her on board for the season ahead.