Signing news: Adelaide seal deal for American defender Ashley

Adelaide United have signed American international defender Julia Ashley.

Ashley, 22, most recently played at Swedish top flight club Linkopings.

A native of New Jersey, Ashley was drafted sixth overall at the 2019 National Women's Soccer League college draft by Sky Blue FC following four impressive stints with North Carolina Tar Heels.

“Julia is very good technically and is extremely athletic,” said Adelaide boss Ivan Karlovic.

“She will certainly improve our squad especially from a defensive perspective.

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“Despite being 22, the experience she has acquired by playing in Sweden and with the American youth national team will certainly help our younger players. 

“Her arrival means three of our foreign spots have now been filled and I’m delighted with how the squad is shaping.

“We’re very close to finalising the team with a couple more signings to come with the new W-League season just around the corner.

“It’s an exciting time and we cannot wait to get started with our competitive games, really showing how much we’ve developed since last year.”