The winter transfer window has finally closed and the WSL is back in full swing this weekend, with plenty of new faces coming into the competition for the first time.
Since New Year’s Day, clubs have been diligently working behind the scenes, scouting and finalising deals with new players both domestically and internationally. Among others, a multitude of Japanese, Swedes, Australians, Americans and a record-breaking Colombian have found new homes across England. Meanwhile, others – like Laura Blindkilde Brown – have moved between WSL teams.
Here, 90min looks at some of the most exciting brand new additions to the WSL.
Fans have already seen a glimpse of Chelsea‘s newest addition, 24-year-old striker Mayra Ramirez, after she came on as a substitute in the Blues’ 3-0 victory over Brighton last weekend. The Colombian signed on for a world record fee of nearly £500,000 – including add-ons, which surpassesing Keira Walsh’s post-Euro 2022 switch to Barcelona.
Reaching impressive heights with Levante in Spain’s Liga F, Ramirez scored 20 goals in 34 appearances during her two-year spell at the club. Following her encounter with England in the Women’s World Cup quarter-finals, supporters may have already been teased by the pace, experience, and clinical finishing prowess that the striker will bring to the WSL.
Ramirez is primed to fill the gaping hole left by Sam Kerr, who suffered an ACL injury during Chelsea’s mid-season training camp in Morocco, and has the chance to display her goalscoring acumen by leading the charge for a fifth consecutive WSL title.
West Ham United endeared themselves to Australian fans by securing the signature of veteran midfielder Katrina Gorry at the onset of the transfer window. Accompanied by her adored 2-year-old daughter, Harper, she made the transition from Swedish side Vittsjo on a free transfer.
Upon signing for the Hammers, Gorry said, “The club spoke my language. West Ham is a family club and that was a big factor for me wanting to join. I’ve felt the support from everyone straight away and there is no better place for me to be right now.”
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