Martha Thomas has signed for Manchester United on a free transfer from West Ham United, signing an initial two-year contract.
Thomas’ arrival comes after two seasons at the Hammers where she scored ten goals in 32 appearances across all competitions, having started her senior career at Le Havre, France, in 2018-19 season in which she scored six goals in 15 appearances for the French team.
Thomas has signed a two-year contract until June 2023 although there is an option clause for both player and club to activate an one-year contract extension until summer 2024.
Speaking on her decision to sign for Utd, the 25 year-old striker said: “I’m excited to be joining Manchester United, I’ve been impressed with the success the club has had over the last few years and that was a real drive for me to come here.”
Thomas also spoke about wanting to improve her footballing ability after a difficult 2020-21 season at West Ham, commenting: “I want to be enjoying my football again and I’m looking forward to challenging myself in this environment and being part of an attacking team where I can express myself.”
Thomas therefore has iterated that her current focus is on settling in and adapting to life as a Red Devil whilst putting in plenty of hard work throughout each training session, although she cannot wait to see fans return to football stadiums this season.
Utd Women’s Football Director, John Murtough added that he is “delighted” to have signed Thomas who he believes is an “exciting young striker” with an already goal-scoring record for club and country, having made her Scotland debut in March 2020 and has already netted four goals in eight international appearances.
Murtough also revealed that fans could expect a more attacking team next season with Thomas set to be “a real threat in front of goal” alongside Utd’s current strike force of; Ella Toone, Leah Galton, Ivana Fuso, Kirsty Hanson, Alessio Russo and Megan Hornby.