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February 27, 2024

Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

Arsenal FC has announced the signing of Australian player, Kyra Cooney-Cross on a permanent deal on the deadline day for the English Women’s Soccer League (WSL) transfer window.

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The 21-year-old Australian international midfielder joins us from Hammarby IF in Sweden.

Kyra will wear the number 32 jersey at Arsenal.

Born in Herston, Australia on 15 February 2002, Kyra began her professional career at Melbourne Victory, where she made her competitive debut at the age of just 15.

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Kyra went on to make 44 appearances for Melbourne Victory across two spells with the club, either side of a season-long stint at Western Sydney Wanderers in the 2019/2020 season. She won the Australian league title in 2020/21 and 2021/2022 with Melbourne Victory.

A move to Hammarby IF in the Swedish Damallsvenskan followed in 2022, with Kyra making 30 appearances for the club and helping the team to win the Swedish Cup in the 2022/2023 season.

At the international level, Kyra made her Australia debut versus Denmark in June 2021 and has now amassed 39 caps for her country. She played a key role in Australia’s run to the semi-finals of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, starting all seven of the Matildas’ matches as they finished fourth in front of home supporters.

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Another WSL side, Brighton and Hover Albion confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Nicky Evrard on a season-long loan from Chelsea.

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The 28-year-old was awarded the Belgian Golden Boot in January, which is given to the best female player, and became the first goalkeeper to scoop the award.

Nicky came through the ranks at Racing Strijpen and SK Munkzwalm, before joining KAA Gent in 2012.

She spent five years there before moving to FC Twente in the Netherlands and then Sporting de Huelva in Spain.

The keeper returned to Gent in 2020 and then joined OH Leuven in July last year. She signed for Chelsea in July on a three-year deal.

Evrard has made 63 appearances for Belgium, helping her country reach the quarter-finals of the Euros in 2022.

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