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DONE DEAL: Spurs Women land experienced Aussie striker Kyah Simon

Spurs just added a Matilda with over 100 international caps to their strike force.

United States v Australia: Bronze Medal Match Women’s Football - Olympics: Day 13 Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images

Tottenham Hotspur Women manager Rehanne Skinner continues her substantial offseason rebuild with a mixture of up and coming young players and seasoned, established stars. The club’s latest signing, announced today, is one of the latter kind — Spurs announced the signing of Australian international striker Kyah Simon.

The 30-year old Simon has had a long career that has included stops at NWSL sides Boston Breakers and Houston Dash. She most recently spent a season in the Netherlands with PSV. She was also a member of the 2021 Australia Olympic women’s football team that was narrowly defeated by USA in the bronze medal match; she featured in three games and picked up two assists. Earlier in her career in 2011 she became the first footballer of Aboriginal descent to score a goal at a World Cup. She has over 100 caps for the Matildas in her career.

A look at her stats suggests she’s not a prolific scorer; she hasn’t scored more than a handful of goals in a single season since 2012. But she does offer tons of experience as a top-level footballer, and that balance between youthful exuberance and experience can be a tricky thing to get right in a team, especially one like Spurs that let 11 players go in the offseason. And anytime you can get an experienced international player like Simon on your team, you should jump at the chance.

Tottenham’s offensive force now includes Simon, Chioma Ubogagu, and the returning Kit Graham, Rachel Williams, and Jessica Naz, augmented by primarily wide forwards Angela Addison and Rosella Ayane. Spurs have now added seven new players to their squad, and they’re probably not yet done.

Welcome to Tottenham, Kyah!