Arsenal Women have confirmed the signing of Australia left-back Steph Catley. The 26-year old played for Melbourne City and Reign FC last season but has joined the increasing number of Australia internationals joining the WSL. Steph will wear the number 12 shirt.
Catley previously worked under Head Coach Joe Montemurro at Melbourne. Steph announced her departure from Reign FC earlier this summer and Melbourne City earlier this year. She has 82 caps for her country and is considered one of the finest left-backs in the world. My information is that Lyon came in for Steph with a strong offer which she turned down to be re-united with Joe Montemurro.
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“This is something that I’ve been looking forward to for a long time,” Catley told Arsenal.com “Arsenal is a place where I’ve imagined myself playing for a long time too. I’m so excited that it’s finally done. This will be my first taste of European football and obviously there’s so much to look forward to and so many big occasions to come. I can’t wait to get started.
“For a long time I’ve watched the team and their success, but for me, the specific way that they play and keep the ball, it’s an attacking brand of football and when you watch their games they’re always exciting. They’re a fun team to watch and that drew me in initially, and obviously I’ve worked with Joe before, so I know how he likes to play football and that was a big thing for me too.
“For me, Joe’s just very good at player managing, so he really understands an individual for what they bring to a team, but also what their life is off the field and he really likes to harness that and get the most out of the person, as well as the player.”
“We’re privileged to have Steph at the club,” said head coach Joe Montemurro. “She suits our fluidity and she’s very good in a positional sense, but more importantly she’s very effective going forwards, so we’re excited to have her as part of the squad and we’re looking forward to some exciting times together!”
Steph is the first of a clutch of signings expected at the club this summer following the departures of Louise Quinn, Pauline Peyraud-Magnin, Katrine Veje and Danielle Carter. Emma Mitchell’s departure is expected to be confirmed once her new club can be announced. Emma’s contract hasn’t expired so that move will be a transfer.