Hayley Raso profiled as Everton complete transfer for Aussie star
Hayley Raso has joined Everton Women from Brisbane Roar for an undisclosed fear.
The arrival of the Australia international star is another major statement signing from the Merseysiders.
Everton are building on the solid foundation they have in the Women’s Super League.
They currently sit seventh in the table, with neighbours Liverpool rock bottom at present in 12th.
And the Toffees are keen to begin challenging those at the top end such as Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea.
England midfielder Izzy Christiansen put pen to paper at the end of December to bolster Everton’s side.
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And highly-rated goalkeeper Sandy MacIver, 21, accompanied her from American outfit Clemson Tigers at the start of January.
Raso is now on board at Everton and she took to Twitter to express her joy at the move going through.
Alongside a blue love heart, she posted today: “So excited for this new chapter with @EvertonWomen”.
So who is Raso, when will she make her Toffees debut, and what has she said about the transfer?
The 25-year-old will be available from mid-February after competing for Australia in Olympic qualifying matches in China.
Raso could subsequently feature in Willie Kirk’s side when they host Manchester United in the WSL on February 23.
Raso, whose signing was announced on Everton’s social media channels by Blues and Australia great Tim Cahill, said: “It means so much to me to sign for Everton. I’m extremely excited to make the move to develop myself and continue my footballing journey at this amazing club.
“Everton is a world-class club. The facilities, staff and players are among the best and I’m proud to be able to join.
“Willie has developed a strong team and makes such a positive impact on the players he coaches. I’m really looking forward to the opportunity of being coached by him and I know I will learn and grow alongside my teammates.
“I’m hoping I can continue my form. I’d love to score goals for Everton. I want to help the team to the best of my ability and I cannot wait to play my first game in blue.”
The versatile 5ft 4in forward, who can play as winger or striker, began her career at Canberra United between 2011 and 2013.
It did not take long for Raso to break into the senior national side either, as she earned her first cap for Australia in 2012.
To date, she only has three goals in 40 international matches for the Aussies.
And at club level, the 25-year-old is certainly well travelled already.
Brisbane Roar first signed her up in 2013 as she went on to net seven times in 24 appearances for the club.
American side Washington Spirit then signed Raso for the 2015 season before she returned to Australia later that year on loan with Melbourne Victory.
Her longest spell at one club then ensued as she joined Portland Thorns in 2016 and spent three years on their books.
During that time with Portland – where she managed nine goals in 58 appearances – Canberra United and Brisbane Roar took her back to Australia on separate loan deals.
After re-signing for Brisbane Roar on a permanent basis again last year, she is now trying her hand in English football for the first time.
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