GERMAN INTERNATIONAL defender, Katharina Baunach, has confirmed she will be hanging her boots up following fifteen-year career at the top level of women’s football.
Baunach arrived at West Ham United ahead of the 2019/20 FA Women’s Super League season from VfL Wolfsburg and went on to make seventeen appearances for the East Londoners, finding the net on three occasions.
The Wurzburg-born full-back was capped at every level by Germany and notably served Bayern Munich during a successful career.
Speaking to www.whufc.com, Baunach explained: “I have considered my decision long and hard and, having talked about it with family and close friends, I will be retiring from football this summer,” Baunach told whufc.com. “The big thing for me is that I have been able to take this decision for myself and that it isn’t a choice that an injury or my body has made for me. I am glad to be retiring on my terms after a fantastic career.
“I’m really grateful to West Ham United for my time with the Club. This has been a huge experience for me, and I am thankful for this opportunity to have played in the Barclays FA WSL. My teammates and the behind-the-scenes staff have been wonderful to work with and I will never forget this time in my career.”
The 31-year-old added: “I am also really grateful to Matt [Beard], who gave me the opportunity to make my childhood wish of playing abroad, in a different league, come true, and thank him for his belief in me as both a person and a player.
“I would also like to say a big thank you to the West Ham fans. It was really special for me to play in front of you every single week. The atmosphere you generate for us is crazy and I really loved playing in front of you. I am only sorry that I don’t have the chance to say ‘goodbye’ in person.”