The FA Women’s Super League (FA WSL) club Tottenham have announced the signings of Matildas defender Alanna Kennedy and Canadian international defender Shelina Zadorsky, both on loan from Orlando Pride for the remainder of 2020, with options to make both moves permanent.
The 25-year-old Kennedy has made 77 appearances for the Australian national team “Matildas” and has represented her country at two World Cups (2015 and 2019). Her senior club career involves spells with Australian W-League clubs such as Sydney FC, Newcastle Jets, Western Sydney Wanderers, Perth Glory and Melbourne City and she has won the W-League Premiership and Championship several times. With Western New York Flash she also won the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Championship in 2016. In 2017 Alanna joined Orlando Pride where she made 60 appearances and scored eight goals.
About the move to England and FA WSL club Tottenham she said:
“Spurs is a highly-regarded club and, after hearing such great things about the team and what we are looking to achieve next season, I just knew it was a good fit for me (…) I love to win and having spoken to Karen and Juan, I believe this team is ready to compete at the top. I’m excited to help play a role in pushing the Club to new heights and I’m really looking forward to this new challenge in England after playing for many years in the NWSL.”
The 27-year-old Zadorsky has made 66 senior international appearances for Canada and won a bronze medal with her country at the 2016 Olympics Games in Rio. Her senior club career contains spells in Perth Glory with whom she was the W-League runner-up in 2014, Swedish Damallsvenskan club Vittsjö GIK and NWSL club Washington Spirit before she joined Orlando Pride in 2018 and with whom she has made 39 appearances in total.
Shelina expressed her thoughts and emotions about joining Spurs:
“I’m extremely grateful to be given this opportunity to play for Spurs. I’ve been told so many positive things about the Club and after speaking with Karen and Juan it felt like a great place for me to continue to develop as a player and help the team (…) It’s clear everyone at this Club wants to succeed and continue to grow – I am so excited to be a part of that and I’m looking forward to the physical challenge of the league, competing all year against top forwards, as well as testing my technical ability here in England.”