Women's Sport: Everton signs the Australian forward Hayley Raso

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Raso is the third signing for Everton in the winter Women's Super League transfer window, which closes on the 23rd of January. Izzy Christianson and Sandy MacIver signed for the club earlier on in the window.

The former Brisbane Roar forward will be free to play for the Toffees' from mid-February, after she partakes in an Olympic qualifier for Australia. 

Raso made her senior international debut aged 17 - now 25 - she featured in every match for Australia at the 2019 Women's World Cup, where the side reached the last 16.

Manager Willie Kirk added that "Hayley is a very exciting talent and I cannot wait to start working with her.

"At 25, she has a great experience. Having played in the NWSL, the W-League, accumulated more than 40 caps for her country and having to overcome a very serious injury, she adds resilience, maturity and professionalism to the squad".

Raso was announced on social media by Everton with help from fellow Australian and Blue's legend Tim Cahill.

The new signing added that "it means so much to me to sign for Everton. I’m extremely excited to make the move to develop myself and continue my footballing journey at this amazing club.

“Willie has developed a strong team and makes such a positive impact on the players he coaches. I’m really looking forward to the opportunity of being coached by him and I know I will learn and grow alongside my teammates.

“I’m hoping I can continue my form. I’d love to score goals for Everton. I want to help the team to the best of my ability and I cannot wait to play my first game in blue”.

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