Hammers snap up Aussie stopper Arnold

WEST HAM UNITED have announced the signing of Australian International goalkeeper, Mackenzie Arnold, from W-League outfit Brisbane Roar.

The 26-year-old stopper has gleaned a wealth of experience in her native country and has been capped on 24 occasions by the Matildas as well as three-times winning the coveted W-League Goalkeeper of the Year award.

Arnold was pleased to be moving to the FA Women’s Super League side, telling www.whufc.com: “I am delighted to join West Ham United.

“I feel like this move has been something I’ve been looking forward to for a long time and I don’t think I could have ended up at a more perfect team for me. 

“Matt, the staff and the girls have been so welcoming already and I can’t wait to get over to England to start training altogether. 

“I’ve heard some really good things about the Club and the incredible West Ham fans. I hope I can contribute to that and that West Ham will be somewhere I can call home for a long time to come.”

Meanwhile, Head coach Matt Beard insisted the signing was a significant step for West Ham in their bid for honours: “Mackenzie has played at the top level in Australia and she knows the mentality it takes to get to tournament finals. She’s an excellent goalkeeper who is very brave and very good with her feet. She’s a good shot-stopper too,” he enthused

“Mackenzie comes with W-League and NSWL experience and she’s got a fantastic personality as well. Her winning mentality and experience will be huge for us and she’s definitely going to bring a lot to the table for West Ham United.”

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Brian Jeeves

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