21/04/2024

Head coach Jens Scheuer has added three new players to Albion's squad in the transfer window. (Photo: Paul Hazlewood)

Brighton & Hove Albion have signed Dejana Stefanovic, Brianna Visalli and Zoe Morse.

Brighton & Hove Albion have made three signings in consecutive days as they try to move out of second last place, heading into the backend of the Women’s Super League.

Currently 11th on the WSL table, Brighton & Hove Albion has transferred in three new players as they aim to move into the middle of the 2022/23 standings. These new players will hope to turn around a disappointing start to the current season.

Eight games into the season, the club has endured the firing of coach Hope Powell and only managed two wins and one draw.

Albion’s first new signing of the new year was midfielder Dejana Stefanovic on Friday. This was followed by back-to-back signings of Brianna Visalli and Zoe Morse.

Stefanovic enters the club after three seasons at Valerenga in the Norwegian Toppserien. During this time she played 60 games, whilst managing to score 19 goals. Not only was she a mainstay in the midfield at the club level but has managed to be a key piece for Serbia at the international level.

While in Norway she guided her club to second place in two of the three seasons. Also helping Valerenga win the NM Cupen in back-to-back years in 2020 and 2021.

“I know her from playing for the Serbia national team, she has done really well for her country. She is a strong midfielder and good at the defensive side, but she can build up the game as well,” Albion coach Jen Scheuer said about the new Serbian acquisition.

“She has also got the physical strength that we need in midfield.”

Brighton & Hove Albion have had a disappointing start to the season. (Photo: Brighton & Hove Albion)

Following Stefanovic’s arrival, Albion were quick to transfer in Brianna Visalli on Saturday. Visalli will complement Stefanovic in the midfield and brings a load of experience having previously played in the WSL and NSWL.

She joins Albion after a two-year stint with the Houston Dash. At Houston, she won the NWSL Challenge Cup in 2020, achieved runners-up in the NWSL Fall Series 2020, played 35 games and scored three goals.

The 27-year-old will return to the WSL for the first time since the 2019/20 season. Playing for West Ham United she helped reach the FA Women’s Cup final before moving on to play for Birmingham City.

“She’s a midfielder with a real turn of pace. She’s a very intelligent player and she gives us a lot of options in the midfield,” Scheuer said.

“It’s a good move for the club and her. She’s got good experience both in the WSL and in America.”

The last of the new signing for Albion is defender Zoe Morse who arrives from the Chicago Red Stars in the NWSL.

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The youngest of the three new transfers, Morse will line up in the defending line. She will be eyeing a spot in the starting team when the WSL returns for the second half of the season.. Arriving from the NWSL, she appeared 22 times for Chicago in the most recent NWSL season.

“Zoe has a lot of experience in one of the best leagues in the world,” said Scheuer.

“She’s a really strong defender, good at building out from the back – we’re happy to have her here.”

Coach Jen Scheuer will hope these three new transfers can help turn around Brighton & Hove Albion’s season.

Brighton’s first game back from the extended break will be against last-place Leicester City this weekend.

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