West Ham Women sign New Zealand keeper Anna Leat

West Ham's new signing, Anna Leat
Anna Leat in action for New Zealand against the  USA at the Olympics. (Photo: Kishimoto/LiveMedia via Imago)

West Ham United Women have signed 20-year-old New Zealand goalkeeper Anna Leat, subject to international clearance.

She has four caps for her country including a start against the USA at the Olympics and most recently played for Georgetown Hoyas.

Leat told whufc.com: “I’m so excited to join West Ham. The whole experience of coming here has been pretty unreal and it’s been something I’ve really been looking forward to for a long time now. I’ve definitely been putting in the hard yards to get to this point so it’s an awesome feeling to finally be here.

“I’m British on my dad’s side and I’ve always wanted to live in England, the opportunity came up and it was perfect. I’ve been wanting to make the jump to a pro league and this is the best in the world so I’m delighted to be at West Ham.”

Head coach Olli Harder said: “Anna is somebody that we’ve been monitoring for some time. She’s a young goalkeeper with a lot of International experience for someone of her young age.

“She will add tremendous value to our goalkeeping department and will bring lots of energy to the changing room.

“I believe that she is somebody who has a great mentality and fits into the culture that we are creating here at West Ham.”

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