10 Jul 2015

NZ striker White joins Liverpool

1:25 pm on 10 July 2015

Football Ferns striker Rosie White has joined reigning FA Women's Super League champions Liverpool Ladies.

Rosie White shows off her new Liverpool jersey

Rosie White shows off her new Liverpool jersey Photo: Liverpool

The 22-year-old, who has 71 caps and 14 goals for her country, joins the side for the second half of the season after the break for the FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada.

Rosie joins the reigning Women's Super League champions having previously played for Western Springs and Three Kings United in Auckland, before moving to the United States to play for University of California.

White has 71 caps and 14 goals for her country, and famously scored a perfect hat-trick at the Under-17 World Cup held here in 2008, against Colombia.

She hit a triple goal combination of right foot, left foot and header in Wellington, and White then also scored a hat-trick two weeks later against hosts Chile at the 2008 Under-20 Women's World Cup.

Rosie White contests the ball against Australia's Matildas at Bill McKinlay Park, February 2015

Rosie White contests the ball against Australia's Matildas at Bill McKinlay Park, February 2015 Photo: Photosport

White told the Liverpool club website a move to England was always something she wanted to do with the opportunity to play in the Champions League with Liverpool a big drawcard.

"I am absolutely delighted to be able to join Liverpool Ladies and experience the Women's Super League," White said.

"The prospect of moving to England has always been an attractive proposition to me, so to be able to join the reigning champions and play in the UEFA Women's Champions League is extremely exciting."

Liverpool manager Matt Beard said: "I am really pleased that we have been able to secure the signing of Rosie as I have been keen to improve my striking options since the beginning of the mid-season break.

"I have watched Rosie for New Zealand a number of times and have always been impressed by her. Rosie will add something different in the final third for us and I am looking forward to working with her."

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