WSL champions Chelsea have announced the signing of Paris Saint-Germain fullback Ashley Lawrence.
The Canadian, who has been capped 117 times by her country, has put pen to paper on a three-year contract after moving from PSG on a free transfer.
Blues boss Emma Hayes says she has delighted to have secured the services of Lawrence who is “one of the best” in the world playing in her position:
“Ashley has established herself as one of the best full-backs in the women’s game for both club and country. Her ability to get forward, her progressive play into the final third is a standout strength and she can play on both the left and right side. We’re really looking forward to having her with us.”
Lawrence is a versatile and experienced player
After starting out life as a midfielder at college with West Virginia University, she developed into a fullback following her move to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017. The defender is comfortable playing at both right-back and left-back demonstrating her versatility.
During her six years at PSG, Lawrence won three major trophies, including the Division 1 Feminine in 2021. That was also the year where she was nominated for the Ballon d’Or, finishing eighth in the voting.
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Lawrence has been called up for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next month. It will be her third tournament, having reached the quarter-finals with Canada in 2015, losing to England. Four years later, her country made it to the round of 16 where they were defeated by Sweden.
When the 2023 edition kicks off Down Under, Canada will face Nigeria in their first group game on July 21st. They then take on the Republic of Ireland five days later before they play hosts Australia in their third match.