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Major coup for Chelsea as English women's top-flight leaders sign Australia's World Cup star

‘The WSL is the best league in Europe,’ Sam Kerr said. ‘I want team success and I don’t want it to come easy.’

Australia forward Sam Kerr.
Australia forward Sam Kerr.

CHELSEA HAVE SIGNED Australia forward Sam Kerr on a two-and-a-half-year deal, the Women’s Super League club have confirmed.

Kerr will be available for Emma Hayes’ league leaders from January after securing a third consecutive Golden Boot in the National Women’s Soccer League [NWSL] — the same league that Ireland’s Denise O’Sullivan plies her trade in Stateside — with Chicago Red Stars.

The 26-year-old netted 19 goals in 23 games to be named the competition’s MVP, although the Red Stars missed out on glory after suffering a defeat to O’Sullivan’s North Carolina Courage.

Kerr swept the board in terms of individual awards despite taking a mid-season break to feature at the World Cup in France, where she scored five goals for Australia.

She has 38 goals overall for the Matildas over the course of an international career that began at the age of 15, and she is on the shortlist for the Ballon d’Or Feminin after also receiving a nomination at the FIFA Best Awards.

Kerr told Chelsea’s official website: “The WSL is the best league in Europe. I want team success and I don’t want it to come easy.

“I feel Chelsea have been building something special over the years and I want to be a part of that – I want to lift some trophies.”

Chelsea manager Hayes added: “Sam has proved time and time again in the NWSL that she is a prolific goalscorer. She’s won the Golden Boot many times and she’s a player that can make things happen, but she’s also a fantastic team player.

“The fact she chose Chelsea when she could have gone to any club in the world is a testament to the players and the staff here because she saw this is the best place for her to grow and take the next step in her career. That’s a wonderful compliment to us all.”

Chelsea have a one-point advantage over Katie McCabe and Louise Quinn’s Arsenal and Manchester City — where Megan Campbell and Tyler Toland are on the books — at the WSL summit having won four times and drawn once amid an unbeaten start to the campaign.

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