18/04/2024

Matildas midfielder Kyra Cooney-Cross will join WSL giants Arsenal. (Photo: Matildas)

Australian international Kyra Cooney-Cross has officially signed with Arsenal in the final moments on the transfer deadline day ahead of the new Women’s Super League season.

The 21-year-old was a key component in Australia’s success during the previous World Cup, in which they made the semi-final and narrowly missed out on competing in the final after a loss to England.

Cooney-Cross was also one of the tournament’s breakout stars and is set to be a central figure in the national line-up for years to come. After playing with Hammarby IF in the Damallsvenskan for the past two years, the defensive midfielder will join Arsenal after the club confirmed her arrival on Friday.

Born in 2002, Cooney-Cross began her professional career with the Melbourne Victory at the age of 15 after being discovered during her time with Ballarat City FC, a semi-professional football club.

She would then play in the A-League Women competition for a further five seasons with stints at both the Victory and Western Sydney Wanderers before making her first overseas move to Hammarby IF alongside Victory and Matildas teammate Courtney Nevin.

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Her career also consists of 14 games for the Australian U17s Young Matildas team, eight games for the Junior Matildas and 35 caps for the Matildas after making her debut in 2021 against Denmark.

While there has been no confirmation on her transfer fee, it has been reported Arsenal agreed to pay a $270,000 transfer with Hammarby after both Chelsea and Manchester United were put off the price of the deal despite having interest in Cooney-Cross.

The confirmation of her arrival will make her the third Australian player in the Arsenal squad, joining attacker Caitlin Foord and defender and Matildas vice-captain Steph Catley. The youngster will also become the 11th Matildas player that will appear in the upcoming Women’s Super League season.

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