Elise Kellond-Knight has signed for National Women’s Soccer League giants Seattle Reign.
The Westfield Matildas midfielder will head to the United States following the conclusion of her upcoming Westfield W-League 2018/19 campaign with Melbourne City, who Kellond-Knight joined yesterday.
Kellond-Knight will link up with Australian goalkeeper Lydia Williams and City teammate Steph Catley in Seattle, who finished third in the 2018 NWSL season.
“I’m so happy to have finally come to an agreement with the NWSL to join Seattle Reign FC in the upcoming 2019 NWSL season,” Kellond-Knight told Seattle’s official website.
“They are a class team who play a style of football that I can see myself enjoying.”
“Although I am extremely excited about 2019, I still have a lot of football to play before I join Seattle. I must first finish the season with Hammarby in the Damallsvenskan. I am so lucky to have found such a special, unique and supportive home at Hammarby this year,” the 28-year-old continued.
“I hope to build a bond and home at Seattle that can compare to my experience here in Stockholm. And then, of course, I will play in the Australian W-League for Melbourne City before joining the Reign. There’s so much to look forward to and I can’t wait to start the new adventure.”
Seattle boss Vlatko Andonovski hailed the arrival of the 98-time-capped Westfield Matilda, revealing he had been tracking Kellond-Knight for some time.
“We’re excited to have Elise on the team. We’ve been working a long time to find a way to bring her to the club,” he said.
“She’s a very talented player who will add another dimension to our midfield. We can’t wait to get started and see Elise on the pitch.”