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New clubs for Football Ferns pair

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/01/2017
Erin Nayler © AP Photo Erin Nayler

Football Ferns goalkeeper Erin Nayler and defender Rebekah Stott will begin the new northern hemisphere soccer season at new clubs.

Nayler, who joined French club Olympique Lyonnais last year, is looking forward to more game time at second division French side Grenoble FC while Stott makes the move from Melbourne City FC to Seattle Reign.

Nayler, 24, will still train predominantly with Olympique Lyonnais, adding one or two trainings with her new club every week.

She says the arrangement offers the best of both worlds.

"Training with OL will allow me to continue to improve the technical side of my goalkeeping, and then I will get the chance to put that into practice with Grenoble at the end of the week."

Head coach and general manager Laura Harvey said Stott, who has amassed 42 caps and three goals for New Zealand, is a valuable acquisition for Seattle.

"Rebekah has experience playing in multiple positions, which is something that we need across the backline," she said.

Football Ferns coach Tony Readings says the move will help Nayler and Stott's preparation for the Cyprus Cup in March, as the team looks towards the 2019 World Cup in France and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Football Ferns skipper Abby Erceg, who last year led the Western New York Flash to a NWSL championship, will also be playing for a new club this year.

The Flash will relocate to North Carolina and be renamed the North Carolina Courage.

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