Three Football Ferns have signed agreements for after their FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign in Germany with two bound for professional clubs in Europe and one headed for a top American university on full scholarship.
Kirsty Yallop, who played for Kristianstad before returning to New Zealand to base herself in Auckland for World Cup preparations returns to Sweden with the aim of helping Vittsjo win promotion to the country’s top flight, while striker Emma Kete has signed her first professional contract with Lincoln Ladies in the English WSL and Rosie White, who turned 18 last week, joins UCLA.
Kete’s and Yallop’s contracts last until the end of the current European season while White will embark on a four year stint as a Bruin, reviewed at the end of each academic year.
Currently in Switzerland, where the Ferns take on Wales, Colombia and Denmark in preparation for their World Cup campaign less than two weeks away, all three were excited to be able to focus their energy on the World Cup.
“It’s great to have something set in stone instead of having to worry about that as well. It means I can just concentrate on doing what I need to do and the team needs to do to do well in Germany,” said Yallop.
“There are more opportunities happening in women’s football and the better we do as a team the more will come our way as individuals. It’s great to see Football Ferns playing in different leagues all over the world now.”
New professional Kete hoped to find her scoring touch for Lincoln and extend her stay.
“Turning pro is something that I’ve been working towards for five years and to think I’ll be playing in the women’s equivalent of the English Premier League with tough games week in week out is really exciting,” said Kete.
“From what I hear Lincoln have been competing really well but not converting chances so hopefully I can contribute in that department.”
Current professionals in the Football Ferns include captain Rebecca Smith (VfL Wolfsburg, Germany), Ali Riley (Western New York Flash, USA) and Hayley Moorwood (Chelsea, England) while Hannah Bromley (Herfoder SV, Germany) did not make the final squad.