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Will Daphne van Domselaar help Villa qualify for European football?

Carla Ward strengthens her Villa side, with Daphne van Domselaar as the latest player in the net.

The Dutch international is set to sign a three-year deal with the Women’s Super League club on a free transfer, after her contract with FC Twente expires later this month.

The 23 year old was desired by many, but it’s Carla Ward who came out on top:

“We had real competition from some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

She’s a player who comes with great pedigree and potential to be one of the world’s best. We’re delighted to have her and we very much look forward to working with her”.

Carla Ward has built herself a reputation this season for providing a platform of growth, in which she has seen WSL legends, Jordan Nobbs and Lucy Staniforth, join her squad in January. With Aston Villa’s current number 1, Hannah Hampton, leaving with the likelihood of joining Chelsea, Ward has high hopes with van Domselaar replacing the England keeper.

With Aston Villa’s impressive performance this season, which saw them finish 5th with only 10 points behind Manchester City, the club's future is promising. Rachel Daly receiving the Golden Boot is just one of many recognitions that Ward’s side has been given to prove its strength, in which this latest signing could take it to the next level.

At just 23 years old, the number 1 has won three Eredivisie Vrouwen titles at her old club, during her 6 years there, and will hope to continue her successful streak in the WSL next season.

But for now, the Netherlands goalkeeper turns her attention to this summer’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, where she will come up against future Aston Villa teammates.

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