From Bondi to Brighton: Meet Charlie Rule

Australian youngster is excited to join the WSL.

By Heather Miller • 01 August 2023

By Paul Hazlewood
Rule ready for south coast challenge.

We sat down with our latest signing Charlie Rule as she moves from Bondi to Brighton for her new south coast adventure.

Charlie, welcome to Brighton. How does it feel to be joining the club?

“Playing in England has been a dream of mine for ages, I grew up watching the men's Premier League and obviously the Women's Super League.

“The game here is growing so much at the moment and I couldn't turn this chance down - it's such a big opportunity."

What attracted you to the club?

“I want to grow here, and I know I will. Sydney is an awesome club and it’s an awesome place to live, but I feel it's good to take another step to try and challenge myself - I'm just really looking forward to getting started.

“The women’s game has been growing heaps in recent years, and the Euros last year really attracted me to the league so I started watching it.

“I feel like England is just all about football. It's the culture here and I want to be a part of it so it was an easy decision to come."

The WSL is one of the most competitive leagues in the world, is it an environment you think you will thrive in?

“I won't take anything for granted. Every game will be a massive opportunity and I will have to show up. It will be challenging, but I want to grow and become a better player.

“I want to help the team as much as I can and play as much as I can. I'm playing right back, and I have an attacking style. I work hard and want to get forward a lot."

Was it a difficult decision to leave Australia to pursue your dream in England?

“It wasn't something that I took lightly. I mean, at the start, I was a bit scared, but I feel like I'm ready.

“I’m 20-years-old and I feel like it's the perfect age to leave home. I’m obviously going to miss my family and friends, but I think living in Brighton is similar to Bondi where I'm from as it's on the beach.

“It's a good culture to come into what I've seen so far and hopefully Brighton becomes my second family.”