11 WSL free agents and where they could end up next season

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It’s all go in the Women’s Super League as arrival news and transfer fever has well and truly hit
England. Below, Ben Waite takes a look at 11 players from the WSL who currently (at the time of
writing) free agents and where they could end up next.

Goalkeeper: Hannah Hampton

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The England goalkeeper has been one to watch in the WSL for the past few years. Hampton
announced her departure from Birmingham and will be looking for a club where she can guarantee a
number one spot. The 20-year-old will be looking to develop herself and push on for a senior
international debut this season.

Perfect WSL destination: Tottenham Hotspur

Hampton would be first choice at the North London outfit, and with both Sophie Whitehouse and Aurora Mikalsen departing, Spurs only have the injury-prone Becky Spencer on their books.

Right Back: Leonie Maier

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The former Arsenal full-back will be looking for a club where she can become a guaranteed starter
after a sporadic role with the Gunners. Everton have been a rumoured destination and this could be
perfect for the German defender.

The 28-year-old will also have likely piqued interest from overseas, which coould be an option as she looks to progress.

Perfect WSL destination: Everton

This move has already been rumoured, and with Ingrid Moe Wold’s retirement, the right-back position is currently vacant.

Centre Back: Georgia Brougham

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After an impressive season on loan at Birmingham City, Brougham has departed Everton. A return
for a third spell with the Blues could be a possibility, as well as linking up with former boss Carla
Ward at Aston Villa. The 25-year-old is a leader at the back and will have a host of options across the
league.

Perfect WSL destination: Aston Villa

Carla Ward got the best out of Brougham in a torrid environment at Birmingham City. With a better atmosphere around a club environment, Brougham could reach new levels.

Centre Back: Molly Bartrip

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A surprise departure from Reading, Bartrip finds herself looking for a new club for the first time since
joining the Royals in 2014. After injuries across the past few seasons, Bartrip made the centre-back
spot her own with an impressive partnership alongside Deanna Cooper.

At 25, Bartrip will have options across the country to develop into another impressive English centre-back.

Perfect WSL destination: West Ham United

Bartrip is a West Ham fan and could create a formidable partnership alongside Grace Fisk at the Hammers. There will be passion and fight from a supporter, something the East Londoners lacked last season.

Left Back: Jemma Purfield

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A gem from a woeful Bristol City last season, Purfield has already attracted a mass of attention. The
full-back can cause carnage with her forward runs and dead ball specialty.

Perfect WSL destination: Leicester City

It’s already heavily rumoured and would be a great addition to the WSL newcomers.

Right midfield: Sarah Mayling

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If assists are your game, Mayling is the free agent for you. She shone in a poor Birmingham
environment last season and could be on the radar of a few clubs. Able to play in multiple positions,
Mayling can provide crosses and dead-ball deliveries to worry any defence.

Perfect WSL destination: Reading

The Royals are very short on midfield options and Mayling’s flexibility would be a perfect fit at the Madejski Stadium.

Centre midfield: Emily van Egmond

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The Australian is off to the Olympics so a new club will be the least of her worries to begin with. Van
Egmond has left West Ham though and although she will have a number of overseas opportunities
available, the current crop of Aussies may tempt her to stay on English soil.

Perfect WSL destination: Arsenal

Settled in London, van Egmond could link up with Caitlin Foord and Steph Catley at the Gunners. She’d be a perfect replacement for the departing Danielle van de Donk.

Centre Midfield: Alanna Kennedy

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Another Aussie who is looking for a new club with the Olympics taking immediate attention. Kennedy signed a short-term deal with Tottenham but now looks for her next move. Again, overseas options will be available, but an English pull could keep her here.

Perfect WSL destination: Reading

Another one for the Royals, Reading have only two midfielders on their books. The Royals are based not too far from London, keeping her local to the current crop of Australian players and a guaranteed starting spot.

Left Midfield: Kenza Dali

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One of the standout stars from West Ham’s 2020/21 campaign. Dali has left the Hammers and has
been rumoured to be an arrival at Everton. The French international will look for a club where
guaranteed playtime is available.

Perfect WSL destination: Man United

Although heavily linked with Everton, United would be perfect for Dali. A creative player is what the Reds need but without a manager, they could miss out on a number of headline signings.

Striker: Claudia Walker

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A very impressive season for the 25-year-old has left suitors aplenty. She’s been linked heavily with
West Ham United and a deal looks very close to happening.

Perfect WSL destination: Brighton

Although destined for the Hammers, Walker could benefit from a move to the South Coast. Arguably more creative than West Ham, Brighton and the experience of Hope Powell would be a better fit for Walker’s playing style.

Striker: Martha Thomas

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Thomas departed West Ham to leave the vacant spot for Walker to arrive. Linked with Man United,
the Scottish international will have an array of offers. At 25, Thomas will be hoping for an injury-less
season after struggling over the past few campaigns.

Perfect WSL destination: Birmingham City

With Scott Booth taking over at the Blues, the Scot could
be tempted by her fellow countryman. Birmingham have a lack of contracted players, opening the
door for Thomas to be a centre-piece of Booth’s rebuild.

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