5 Things to Know About Chelsea Women’s New Signing Sam Kerr

On Wednesday, Chelsea Women announced the huge signing of Aussie superstar Sam Kerr, putting pen to paper on a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Blues.

Regarded as one of the best strikers in the world, she’ll be an exciting addition to Emma Hayes’ side, joining the likes of Fran Kirby, Beth England and Erin Cuthbert up front.

The 26-year-old is used to playing back to back seasons with the Australian W-League and National Women’s Soccer League – but has finally decided to move to England to show off her talents elsewhere.

Here’s five things you should know about the Australian as she joins the WSL for the very first time.


She Scores…A Lot

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Although not surprising to hear about one of the most successful forwards in women’s football history, Kerr is an absolute goal machine (to put it lightly). She currently holds the record for 70 goals scored in the W-League as well as topping the all-time charts in the NWSL with 69, where she previously played for hometown club Perth Glory and Chicago Red Stars.

While in the US, Kerr has picked up the Golden Boot in three consecutive years – and this season she managed to score 44% of Chicago Red Star’s total goals.

At international level, the striker is not too shabby either. In 84 appearances for her country, Kerr has scored 38 goals – sitting joint-third in the all-time standings for Australia.


She Captains Her National Side

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Speaking of the Matildas, Kerr made her international debut when she was just 15 (yes, 15) when she came off the bench in a 5-1 loss to Italy.

It’s no surprise then, that 11 years later, she now captains the side – after being handed over the armband by coach Ante Milicic in February earlier this year.

Her time as Australia’s captain has seen her net five goals in the 2019 Women’s World Cup, including four against Jamaica before her penalty miss in their last-16 shootout defeat to Norway.


Football Runs in Her Family

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However, Kerr isn’t the only one to play football in her family. In fact, both her dad and brother were former Australian rules footballers.

Her dad, Roger Kerr, was also a coach – and played for East Fremantle in the West Australian Football League. Meanwhile, her brother Daniel Kerr, played for the West Coast Eagles.


She Enjoys a Backflip

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If you’ve seen Kerr’s celebrations recently, this won’t be particularly new to you, but the Australian has made a habit of hurling herself into the air every time she scores (and as we’ve seen, that’s quite often).

Her trademark celebration caught the eye of those who watched during the Women’s World Cup and we may be seeing a lot more of Kerr’s backflips in the WSL come January.


She’s Not One to Shy Away from Controversy

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Although her goalscoring (and of course, her backflips) caught the eye of spectators during the World Cup, Kerr was also known for her controversial post-match interview following the Matildas’ 3-2 win over Brazil in the group stage.

The straight-talking Australian told the cameras to ‘suck on that one’ as her team came from behind to defeat the Brazilian side, proving their critics wrong.

Following her team’s shock loss to Italy in the opening round, Kerr was the first one to address the haters as the Matildas redeemed themselves the following match. 


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