Sam Kerr signs for Chelsea in Women's Super League

Australian prolific striker Samantha Kerr has signed for Chelsea in the Women's Super League, after having played for Perth Glory and Chicago Red Stars.

Sam Kerr has joined Chelsea on a two-and-a-half-year deal.   -  Getty Images

Sam Kerr has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Chelsea and will join the Blues when the mid-season transfer window opens.

Kerr, moving from American outfit Chicago Red Stars, will represent Chelsea in the second half of the 2019/20 Barclays Women’s Super League season.

Kerr had previously played for Perth Glory in the Australian W-League from October 2018 to April 2019 and Chicago Red Stars in America’s National Women’s Soccer League from April 2019 to September 2019.

Kerr was linked with European teams, including big names such as Lyon, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona.

 

A proven goalscorer throughout her career, Kerr was recently named the NWSL’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) after scoring a record 19 goals in 23 games to secure a third-consecutive golden boot. This was despite being absent for part of the season because of this summer’s World Cup.

Kerr helped Chicago Red Stars to the NWSL Championship final when she scored the only goal in the play-off semifinal against Portland Thorns. However, the Australian forward missed out on clinching the title after the Red Stars suffered a defeat to North Carolina Courage.

On the international stage, Kerr made her debut for the Matildas at just 15 and has gone on to score 38 times for her country, including five goals at this year’s World Cup, and she was recently a finalist for the Best Women’s Player at the 2019 FIFA Football Awards as well as being a Ballon d’Or nominee.

Joining Chelsea she said, "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."

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