The FA Women’s Super League club West Ham United have during the Thurday announced the signing of Australian international goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold from W-League club Brisbane Roar.
Besides her recent club Brisbane Roar, the 26-year-old goalkeeper has a club history in also Perth Glory, Canberra United, Western Sydney Wanderers, a loan session in Toppserien club Arna-Bjørnar and belonged to the NWSL club Chicago Red Stars for one season in 2019.
Arnold has been awarded W-League Goalkeeper of the Year three times, in 2012–13, 2014 & 2017-18 and been claiming the W-League Premiership twice, in 2014 with Perth Glory and with Brisbane Roar in 2017–18.
She has 23 senior caps for Australia women’s national team “Matildas” and was part of the 2015 World Cup squad in Canada and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. With the Matildas she won the inaugural 2019 Cup of Nations.
Arnold expressed her emotions about the new club:
“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 all together. 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.”
West Ham head coach Matt Beard said about the new goalkeeper:
“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…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.”
Arnold becomes the Hammers’ first signing ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.