November 13, 2019 / 11:30 AM / 25 days ago

Chelsea Women complete signing of Australian skipper Kerr

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Women's World Cup - Round of 16 - Norway v Australia - Allianz Riviera, Nice, France - June 22, 2019. Australia's Sam Kerr celebrates scoring their first goal before it was disallowed after a VAR review REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

(Reuters) - Chelsea have signed Australia international skipper Sam Kerr on a 2-1/2 year deal, with the 26-year-old forward set to join the Women’s Super League leaders during the second half of the 2019-20 season.

Kerr, who had been linked to top European sides including Champions League winners Lyon and Barcelona, split her time between Australian W-League side Perth Glory and Chicago Red Stars in America’s National Women’s Soccer League this year.

“I feel Chelsea have been building something special over the years and I want to be a part of that - I want to lift some trophies,” Kerr said in a statement on Chelsea’s website.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Robert Birsel

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