Young Australian forward Jacynta Galabadaarachchi has signed with FAWSL club West Ham United for the upcoming season.
The 18-year-old makes the move from Perth Glory to England as the club heads into their second season in the Barclays Women’s Super League.
“I have wanted to play in England since I was eight-years-old and, in joining West Ham United, my dream has finally come true,” Galabadaarachchi told whufc.com.
“I really like the way West Ham look to play football and the values the Club holds. Making this move is a dream for me; a dream that’s become a reality!”
Galabadaarachchi was offered the chance to move to England previously after training with the likes of Manchester City, however, the then 15-year-old signed with Melbourne City.
She spent a season with City before moving to Glory ahead of the 2018/19 W-League season where she made five appearances.
Galabadaarachchi has also previously been named in a Matildas training camp.
“She has got enormous potential, at 18-years-old, and I’m very excited by what she offers," coach Matt Beard said.
“I’ve seen a lot of young players, and I like working with and developing young players, and she is one of the best I have seen, in terms of ability.”
Last season, West Ham finished seventh in the league with seven wins, one draw and 12 losses.