LIANNE WILL BE THORN IN SIDE

The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY -

FOR­MER Ar­se­nal for­ward Lianne San­der­son is set to link-up with Eng­land team­mate Jodie Tay­lor at Port­land Thorns af­ter the Na­tional Women’s Soc­cer League ac­quired the rights to her sig­na­ture.

Hav­ing played in the US pre­vi­ously with Bos­ton Break­ers, the Mas­sachusetts club traded her rights to Seat­tle in ex­change for a sec­ond-round draft pick for the 2016 sea­son.

In turn, Seat­tle then traded San­der­son to the Thorns as well as their first round pick, for her new club’s first and third round picks.

The 27-year-old, who has won 49 Eng­land caps, pos­sesses a green card hav­ing al­ready played in the US and there­fore will not be re­quired to oc­cupy an in­ter­na­tional ros­ter spot at Port­land.

“Lianne is a bona fide cre­ator with abil­ity to hurt you with a fi­nal ball or beat you on the drib­ble,” said Thorns head coach Paul Ri­ley.

“Hav­ing had the plea­sure of coach­ing her be­fore, I un­der­stand what she brings both on the field and in the locker room.

“She loves com­pe­ti­tion, she rev­els in a great team spirit and her abil­ity with the ball will be a mas­sive plus for us.”

SWITCH: Lianne San­der­son

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