Matildas star Catley joins Arsenal

Steph Catley is the latest Matilda to move to England, joining teammate Caitlin Foord at English soccer powerhouse Arsenal.

SAMANTHA KERR of Perth Glory finds space near the goals during the W-League match between the Perth Glory and Canberra United at Hay Park in Bunbury, Australia.
SAMANTHA KERR of Perth Glory finds space near the goals during the W-League match between the Perth Glory and Canberra United at Hay Park in Bunbury, Australia. Picture: Daniel Carson/Getty Images

Matildas vice-captain Steph Catley has signed with English powerhouse Arsenal, becoming the latest Australian to head to Europe.

Catley joins Matildas teammate Caitlin Foord at the Gunners, where she will play under Australian manager Joe Montemurro.

"This is something that I've been looking forward to for a long time," Catley told the club's website.

"Arsenal is a place where I've imagined myself playing for a long time too.

"I'm so excited that it's finally done. This will be my first taste of European football and obviously there's so much to look forward to and so many big occasions to come. I can't wait to get started."

Several Australians including key Matildas Sam Kerr (Chelsea), Hayley Raso (Everton) and Chloe Logarzo (Bristol City) now play in the FA Women's Super League.

Meanwhile, fellow fullback Ellie Carpenter recently signed with French dynamos Olympique Lyonnais.

Catley, 26, has been to two women's World Cups and an Olympic Games with the Matildas since making her debut as an 18-year-old in 2012.

The attacking fullback has scored three goals in 82 caps.

At club level Catley has won five W-League championships - one at Melbourne Victory then four at Melbourne City, while she also played in America's NWSL for Portland Thorns, Orlando Pride and OL Reign.

Catley previously played under Montemurro, who won the FAWSL with Arsenal in 2018-19, at both Victory and City.

"We're privileged to have Steph at the club," Montemurro said.

"She suits our fluidity and she's very good in a positional sense, but more importantly she's very effective going forward.

"We're excited to have her as part of the squad and we're looking forward to some exciting times together."


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