Women's Sport: Arsenal sign Australian forward Caitlin Foord

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After several hints of a new signing on Arsenal's Twitter page with tweets suggesting an Australian player will be joining the Women's Super League, the Gunners finally announced Caitlin Foord as their latest addition to their squad.

The Australian forward built a profile for herself as the youngest Australian to play at a World Cup in 2011 when she was just 16 years old. Foord has since gone on to earn 77 caps for the Matildas, scoring 17 goals.

The 25-year-old began her career at Sydney FC and went on to play for Perth Glory, Sky Blue FC, Vegalta Sendai Ladies, and Portland Thorns FC. Her achievements include winning the top flight W-League Premiership twice, becoming Asian Women's Young Footballer of the year in 2011 and Asian Women's Footballer of the year in 2016.

In a statement released by Arsenal, women's head coach Joe Montemurro said: "I'm very pleased that Caitlin has joined us. I have watched her growth in the W-League and she is versatile and a great character.

"We are excited to welcome her when she joins up with the squad," he added.

Foord's move to London now makes her the fourth Australian player to join a WSL team this winter, following Sam Kerr, Hayley Raso, and Chloe Lograzo - who respectively joined Chelsea, Everton and Bristol City.

After a 4-1 home defeat against Chelsea last weekend, the former WSL champions who currently sit second in the table will now hope to push past leaders Manchester City.

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