The FA Women’s Super League (FA WSL) club West Ham United have announced the loan signing of Australian international Emily van Egmond from the National Women’s Soccer League club Orlando Pride. The midfielder joins the Hammers on a loan deal until the end of the calendar year.
Van Egmond has 97 caps for Australia and has represented the Matildas at three World Cups (2011, 215 & 2019).
The new signing told West Ham United website about her excitement with the move to the English side:
“I am really excited to join West Ham United (…) I’ve heard only good things about this Club. It’s great to join this team in a league that is only getting more and more competitive. (…) I am excited to play for this Club and I’ve heard the Women’s Super League in England is definitely on the rise. You can see that in the signings that have come to England, so I’m really excited to be here and I’m excited for the challenge.”
— West Ham United Women (@westhamwomen) August 28, 2020
The 27-year-old has during her career played in many big clubs such as 1. FFC Frankfurt and Vfl Wolfsburg, American sides Western New York Flash, Seattle Reign FC and Chicago Red Stars. In her home country she has had spells with Newcastle Jets, Western Sydney Wanderers, Canberra United and Melbourne City. With the latter club she won the W-League, both the Premiership and Championship, earlier this year.
Among her other honours are the titles she won with Wolfburg, both the Frauen-Bundesliga and the DFB Pokal during the 2016-2017 season. A couple of years earlier in 2012 she won the Women’s Premier Soccer League Elite with Western New York Flash which was the top tier in US at that time. In 2014 she won the Julie Dolan Medal which is the award to the Best player of the season in Australian top tier W-League.
West Ham United head coach Matt Beard is thrilled with his new recruitment:
“I am delighted to bring Emily to West Ham United. In Emily, we have a versatile midfielder who has played for some of the world’s very best teams and proved herself across the globe. (…) I am excited for what she will add to our team and believe she will prove to be a great addition to the squad.”
In West Ham, Van Egmond will join Australian international teammate, the goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold, and she is the seventh signing ahead of the 2020-2021 FA Women’s Super League season. Besides mentioned Mackenzie Arnold, the Hammers have also signed Maz Pacheco, Katerina Svitkova, Hawa Cissoko, Nor Mustafa and Ruby Grant this summer.