Fern Daisy Cleverley to play for Danish Club in UEFA Champions League

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Football Fern Daisy Cleverley has signed for Danish first division club HB Køge, enabling her to compete in next season’s UEFA Women’s Champions League.

The 25-year-old Auckland-born midfielder joins HB Køge from the United States where she had been playing for the Georgetown Hoyas at Washington’s Georgetown University.

How Cleverley’s signing was announced by her new club.

Cleverley, who has 21 New Zealand international caps, told HB Køge’s website:

“Having the opportunity to play in the Champions League is a once in a lifetime opportunity, which I can not wait to be allowed to try my hand at.”

Last season, HB Køge finished bottom of the Champions League group, losing to FC Barcelona, Arsenal and Hoffenheim.

HB Køge’s head coach Søren Randa-Boldt says:

“We have no doubt that she will strengthen us. She has good international experience and we think she will fit well into our environment and setup, so we are really happy that we have succeeded in making an agreement with her.

“She is mobile and fills well in the middle of the pitch, where she is, among other things, good at getting out and covering large areas.”

Cleverley played for Auckland clubs Western Springs, Lynn-Avon United, Eastern Suburbs and Forrest Hill-Milford United before heading to California in 2017.

She played for the national U-17 and U-20 squads and has represented the Ferns at two Olympic Games.

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