Ipswich Town Women have signed defender Maisy Barker from WSL side West Ham United. 

The 21-year-old becomes their first signing of the 2023/24 season on a one-year deal.

"I had a few conversations with Joe (Sheehan) and the vibe I got from the club itself was very good and the facilities here are incredible, so I'm really excited for the season to get started," said Barker, speaking to club media. 

"The girls have been very welcoming, I know some of the players, espcially Eloise (King) has we grew up together playing for England, so really nice to see friendly faces." 

Of her playing style, Barker added: "I am a very attacking minded full-back, I love a race, one v one duel and crossing the ball in a lot."

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"It's going to be a new enviorment for me but I can't wait to play in front of the fans and perform on the pitch to help the club get promoted. "

Barker started her career at the Middlesex RTC before moving on to Oxford United and Chelsea, before joining West Ham in the summer of 2020, making her WSL debut against Man City in January 2021. 

Further senior Hammers appearances followed, but multiple injuries then sidelined the young defender.

In February, she joined Hashtag United on loan, making seven appearances as they won the FA Women Division One South East title. 

She has been capped for England from U15 level through to the U19s, where she played alongside some of her new Town teammates including Maria Boswell, Eloise King and Sophie Peskett.

Barker goes straight into the squad for Sunday's pre-season opener against AFC Sudbury.