The Pride of England – Four Orlando Pride stars make the move to the WSL

From scorching soccer Saturdays to the bitter cold of England, Australian internationals Alanna Kennedy and Emily Van Egmond have signed the dotted line to a permanent stay in the WSL.

Both players have been stand-outs during their loan so far, so it was no surprise when West-Ham and Tottenham pushed for concrete contracts, with fellow Pride colleagues Claire Emslie and Shelina Zadorsky joining them to represent Everton and Spurs for the 20/21 season.

Putting away the purple shirt of Pride the pair have made 12 appearances so far for their new parent clubs, Van Egmond impressing with her clinical finishing enabling her to be five goals to the good, and Kennedy slotting into an unusual defensive midfield role protecting the back four as though she has played there her whole career.

The deals couldn’t have been done at a better time with the league becoming more and more competitive, each club adding strength to their numbers in the hopes to push for a top spot come the end. The likes of Chelsea and Manchester United have added big-name stars this season with Casey Stoney acquiring the services of World Cup winning duo Christen Press and Tobin Heath, who recently spoke about her devastation of losing her spot at Portland Thorns – a club she once saw herself retiring at.

It hasn’t been confirmed how long their stay will be but ensured they will see out the rest of the season.

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