Arsenal’s young midfielder Mel Filis has joined Championship side London Bees. The 18-year old made her Gunners debut against Reading in January 2019, setting up a goal for Katie McCabe and was a regular feature in the match day squad last season.
However, her starts were limited to a Conti Cup run out against her new club, against whom she scored a hat trick and a start in the FA Cup against Lewes. Filis will join fellow Arsenal academy graduates Amelia Hazard and Billie Brooks at the Hive.
Bees manager Lee Burch said, “Mel has come in a little bit later than the other players, but we’re really excited to have good young English talent coming through the door. With what’s happened in the WSL with more foreign talent coming into the league, it’s going to make the top flight an exciting league.
“But many have said what about the good young English talent and we’re a Club who have brought in four talented young British and English players. For me, it’s giving them an opportunity that they won’t get at other clubs.
“Mel saw what Amelia (Hazard) did last season and it’s becoming a pathway that plenty of good young players have done by playing for good Championship clubs.”
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