BIRMINGHAM City Ladies have added further foreign flavour to their ranks with the eye-catching capture of attacking midfielder Andrine Hegerberg from Swedish side Kopparbergs/Gothenburg.
The 23-year-old Norwegian international is one of the rising stars of European football and has also already graced some of the top clubs in Europe after moving to Potsdam of Germany in 2013 and then on to Kopparbergs/Gothenburg, where she has impressed in central midfield for the past two seasons.
Internationally, Hegerberg has made two senior appearances for the Norwegian national side after making her senior debut aged just 18 against Sweden in 2012 and she will be looking to Euro 2017 to cement her further growing reputation.
The transfer, which is subject to international clearance, follows the captures of German trio Corina Schroder, Marisa Ewers and Isabelle Linden and is further proof of the third placed WSL1 club’s intent to build a side with a good balance of youth and experience.
Blues Ladies manager David Parker said: “Signing Andrine is another wonderful addition to the club and the FAWSL.
“Her stature in the game is already up there with the most promising players in Europe and we want to help her achieve the status and level she is capable of reaching, as one of the best players in Europe.
“She will add a different dynamic to the group and give us a greater attacking threat from midfield. I know for certain she is going to be a fan favorite at the club with her ability and personality on the pitch.”
On her move to Birmingham, Hegerberg had this to say: “I’m delighted to be joining Birmingham, one of the big clubs in British women’s football.
“I’ve had three good years in Gothenburg but I felt the time was ready for me to take on a new challenge and now I can’t wait to get stuck in with Birmingham.
“I’ve had good talks with David and Marcus (Bignot) and they’ve made me feel very welcome. Their ideas on how to move the club forward made the transfer a very attractive one for me.
“I’m extremely impressed with the club’s presentation of itself that clearly shows the ambition to be a leading club in domestic football as well as to participate in European football.
“I feel confident that I have a lot to contribute to the team’s future development.”