New Zealand international Hannah Blake has been recruited by women’s A-League club Adelaide United.
Blake (23) joins the Reds after a short spell with Perth Glory who she joined in March as an injury replacement.
After scoring three goals in six starts for the Glory, the Football Fern was offered a full professional contract with Adelaide.
“I’m really pumped to be joining Adelaide which is a team you hear a lot about and there are some players also with similar previous experience here which will only help me settle in,” Blake told the club’s website.
“I got a bit of a feel for the A-League last year which has only made me hungrier to properly launch my professional club career.
“I’ve seen what Adelaide bring to the table and I’m extremely excited to hit the ground running in pre-season and with my new team.”
Blake has completed her studies in the United States where she played for the University of Michigan Wolverines in NCAA Division 1, the highest level of US college football.
Adelaide head coach Adrian Stenta said:
“We are thrilled to welcome Hannah to the club after watching her perform in the US against some top players, and in her brief stint last season here in Australia.
“To her credit, she has shown commitment to her studies which is something we also value at Adelaide United, and now that Hannah can fully focus on football, the sky’s the limit.
“We really think she can flourish here in Adelaide and provide another passage to goal for us.”
Blake, who has represented New Zealand at U-17, U-20 and full international level, was part of the Ferns training camp ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup but she did not make the 23-player squad selected for the tournament.