Steph Catley Leaves OL Reign

Australia vice-captain Steph Catley has left OL Reign. A statement released by the club shows that she will likely leave the NWSL.

The seasoned international featured 33 times for Reign as she helped guide them to two NWSL semi-finals.

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Catley spent two seasons in Seattle after being traded from Orlando Pride in 2018.

She came to the club with a high pedigree having been an established member of the Australian national set-up. Being a 3 time winner of the W-League in her native Australia brings a certain expectation.

Catley had to have knee surgery prior to that start of the 2019 season which forced her to miss the season’s start.

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The expectation is that Catley will seek a move to Europe for the first time in her career. Following in the footsteps of compatriots Sam Kerr, Caitlin Foord and Jacynta Galabadaarachchi.

“As an athlete you’re always trying to push yourself to be better,” Catley said in her statement. “I’ve been in the NWSL for the past seven years and the league has made me the player I am today.”

“I believe now is the right time to move onto the next chapter and challenge myself in a different environment.”

Where next?

Rumours are already surrounding the next step in Steph Catley’s career. The Islington Gazette says she’s a target for Arsenal.

She would, in theory, be joining up with fellow Australian Joe Montemurro. The Arsenal boss has already put his national stamp on the team with the signing of Caitlin Foord.

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“I’ll more than likely be in Europe the next transfer window,” Catley told the Herald Sun in February. “I haven’t signed anything, just been talking. England’s where I’m looking.”

So the chances are we’ll be seeing Catley in the Women’s Super League next season and whether it’s at Arsenal with Montemurro or at any other club, she’ll bring a huge wealth of experience and ability.

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