Sunderland Ladies signing Norway Under 23 international Hilde Gunn Olsen

New signing Hilde Olsen
New signing Hilde Olsen
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Sunderland Ladies have made another top addition to their squad after signing Norway U23 international Hilde Gunn Olsen.

And the 23-year old will come into immediately into the squad for Sunday’s WSL1 match with Notts County at Hetton.

Olsen’s arrival from Norway comes at a vital moment with vice-captain Rachael Laws facing a race against time to be fit after a knee injury.#

Sunderland Ladies head coach, Carlton Fairweather, added: “Hilde is an excellent signing for us, increasing competition within the squad for a place in the side.

“I am delighted to welcome her to the side.”

Olsen is the second major signing of the domestic break for the women’s World Cup after the arrival of Irish international Stephanie Roche.

The Lady Black Cats swooped for the attacking ace, who was the 2014 runner-up in the FIFA Puskas Award for the best goal in the world, after leaving Houston Dash in the USA.

Fairweather is looking forward to Sunday’s test against third-placed Notts County who are just one spot and two points above his side.

“We have enjoyed a solid start to the season and are very much looking forward to getting started again this weekend,” he said.

Notts County will include England World cup defender Laura Bassett, plus her colleagues from Canada, Alex Greenwood, Ellen White and Carl Telford, the former Sunderland keeper being the unfortunate only member of Mark Sampson’s squad of 23 not to feature in any game.