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Sunday, 23 December, 2001, 17:34 GMT
Charlton set to lose England duo
Julie Fletcher
Julie Fletcher: On her way to Arsenal
BBC Sport Online exclusive by Tony Leighton

England colleagues Tara Proctor and Julie Fletcher are set to join new clubs after walking out on troubled Charlton Athletic.

Fletcher is on her way to Arsenal, while England captain Proctor is being lined up by Premier League strugglers Brighton.

Brighton have already held talks with Proctor, but the player has not decided if she will join them yet.

The England star, currently nursing a knee injury, said: "I'm not committing myself to anything until the New Year.


I'm pleased for Fletch - it will be a great move for her
Keith Boanas
Charlton manager
"There's an England training camp in January and I may not make any decision on a new club until then.

"I'm not even thinking about football at the moment after what happened at Charlton."

Proctor and Fletcher are the highest-profile of seven players who have left Charlton following the controversial departure of the teenage twins Gemma and Carly Hunt.

Boanas generous

The club said that the 19 year-old midfielders had left "by mutual consent". But the two players have refuted this.

Gemma, a former England Under-18 captain, said: "We were kicked out. Carly and I have done nothing wrong - we were made scapegoats for a dressing room incident that didn't involve us."

Sources at the club insisted that warnings about conduct had been made to the two youngsters and they ignored them.

Manager Keith Boanas has refused to be drawn into a war of words but has sent a good luck message to all the players who have left the club subsequently.

On hearing that Arsenal had come in for Fletcher, he said: "I'm pleased for Fletch, it will be a great move for her.

"When she told me she was leaving us I urged her to do the best for herself, and that's exactly what she's done.

"It will also be good for Arsenal - they've got themselves a tremendous new player."

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