Everton Women have completed the signing of Australia international forward Hayley Raso from Brisbane Roar for an undisclosed fee.
Raso, who featured in every match for Australia at the 2019 Women’s World Cup, will be available for the Blues from mid-February after competing for the Matildas in Olympic qualifying matches.
She told evertonfc.co.uk: “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 [Kirk] 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.”
Kirk added: “Hayley is a very exciting talent and I cannot wait to start working with her. I’ve been tracking her for almost a year now, watching closely her performances with Portland, Brisbane and Australia.
“At 25, she has great experience. Having played in the NWSL, the W-League, accumulated more than 40 caps for her country and having to overcome a very serious injury, she adds resilience, maturity, and professionalism to the squad.”