World Cup goalkeeper Kathrine Larsen joins Western United

Kathrine Larsen Western United

Kathrine Larsen has bolstered Western United’s Liberty A-League Women squad with the Danish goalkeeper joining the Club until the end of the 2023/24 season.

Larsen was part of the Denmark squad at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, featuring on the bench in all four matches.

In total, Larsen has made eight senior appearances for Denmark, helping her country to victory in six of those matches.

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Larsen has extensive experience at club level throughout Scandinavia, most recently playing for Danish giants Brondby where she appeared in the UEFA Women’s Champions League.

In the 2022/23 season, Larsen kept the third most clean sheets in the Danish Kvindeliga and helped Brondby to a second-placed finish.

The 30-year-old has also played for Klepp IL in Norway, and in Sweden with Djurgarden and Hammarby where Matildas trio Kyra Cooney-Cross, Courtney Nevin and Elise Kellond-Knight were her teammates.

After arriving in the West, Larsen said she can’t wait to get to work and is looking forward to helping Western United’s push for silverware in the Liberty A-League.

“I’m really excited. It’s been a long time coming for me to find somewhere, and speaking to the coaches this felt like the right opportunity,” she said.

“It’s a big motivator when you come in and the team is on top, you want to make sure we stay there. It’s always fun and it’s always hard. I like the pressure and it’s just going to be fun to keep working hard.”

Western United head coach Kat Smith said the Club’s ability to secure a goalkeeper with vast quality and experience was a significant lift for the remainder of the campaign.

“We are delighted to welcome Kathrine into our squad and I’m extremely excited to begin working with her,” she said.

“Coming into a crucial part of the season, her experience at the highest level will be another boost for our group and I am sure she will have an immediate impact.

“Having gone to the recent World Cup and played in elite competitions for club and country, we look forward to seeing her quality on the pitch and having her help drive us towards success this season.”

Larsen joined Western United for her first training session on Wednesday as the Green and Black prepares for the final five matches of the regular season.

She will take the No.31 jersey and hope to make herself available for selection in United’s next match against Canberra United.