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Everton sign Hayley Raso

Everton Women have announced the signing of Australian international Hayley Raso.

Raso, whose signing was announced on Everton’s social media channels by Blues and Australia great Tim Cahill, said: “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.

“Everton is a world-class club. The facilities, staff and players are among the best and I’m proud to be able to join.

“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.”

The former Portland Thorns forward becomes the Toffees’ third new addition of this winter’s WSL transfer window, which closes on 23 January.

England midfielder Izzy Christiansen and England Under-21 goalkeeper Sandy MacIver have also returned to Merseyside.

Manager Willie Kirk added: “Hayley is a very exciting talent and I cannot wait to start working with her. I’ve been tracking her for almost a year now, watching closely her performances with Portland, Brisbane and Australia.

“At 25, she has 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.

“There are also areas of her game that we can enhance further and I’m certain she will be a great asset to the Club.”

However Raso will not be available immediately to play for her new club as she will feature in Olympic Qualifiers for the Matildas but will be available from mid-February.

Everton who currently sit 7th in the WSL host 4th placed side Reading this Sunday.

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