Ferns striker Jacqui Hand on the move after leaving Finnish club

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Football Ferns striker Jacqui Hand has left her Finnish club after two seasons in the Kansallinen Liiga, the country’s top women’s competition.

Hand (24) farewelled the club through her social media, saying: “I have loved every minute of my time at Aland United and cherish all the wonderful memories.”

The Auckland-born player, who emerged as one of New Zealand’s most effective players at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, is in the Football Ferns squad set to play two games against Colombia in Bogata in early December.

Main photo: Jacqui Hand … leaving Finland after two years.

Hand has given no indication of her next club, or even which country she aims to play in, saying: “Time to say goodbye to this little island and into the big wide world. Excited to see what comes next.”

However, in August, Hand told The Crowd Goes Wild show she expected to leave Finland at the end of the season.

Asked where she was getting interest from, Hand said: “A couple from Sweden and but mostly England because that’s kind of where I want to go.”

The former Mt Albert Grammar School student played her youth football at Eastern Suburbs before playing scholarship football in the United States with the Colorado College Tigers.

She has earned 17 caps for New Zealand, scoring twice.

Fixtures

Game to be played on Sunday December 3, 2023 (NZT)

Colombia v New Zealand
Estadio El Campin, Bogotá, Colombia, 10am (NZT)

Game to be played on Wednesday December 6, 2023

Colombia v New Zealand
Estadio Metropolitano de Techo, Bogotá, Colombia, 9am (NZT)

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