West Ham United sign Australian international Tameka Yallop
West Ham United Women are delighted to announce the signing of Australian international Tameka Yallop.
The 29-year-old midfielder will join up with the Irons in the summer, and will be our first signing ahead of the 2021/22 season.
Yallop is a vastly experienced international with 82 caps for Australia to her name, and she has also played in six different leagues since beginning her professional career at Brisbane Roar in 2008.
She will wear the No13 shirt, and can’t wait to get started playing in the Claret and Blue of West Ham United.
“I’m super excited to be coming over and playing in the Women’s Super League,” Yallop told whufc.com.
“It’s a league that’s been getting stronger and stronger over the last couple of years and I’m excited to have the chance of playing in the competition for West Ham United.
Yallop most recently turned out for Olli Harder’s previous club, Klepp IL – and the New Zealander is delighted to be able to bring the midfielder to the WSL.
“We’re extremely pleased to have Tameka on board for the upcoming season," Harder observed. "She is somebody that I know well, brings a lot of professionalism and athleticism, and is a top-class player.
“We’re looking for people that will represent West Ham United in the best possible light and inspire the next generation of female footballers in our community – I believe that Tameka ticks all of those boxes.”
I think that the WSL will suit the sort of player that I am because I enjoy the physical, fast-paced nature of European style football
Born in New South Wales, Australia in 1991, Yallop (née Butt) began her professional career with Brisbane Roar in 2008, where she would stay for ten years during the winter months, making 148 appearances and scoring 49 goals.
During the summer months, Yallop travelled to different countries across the globe, playing for Boston Breakers (2012), FFC Frankfurt (2013), Iga Kunoichi (2014), Mallbackens IF (2016) and finally Klepp, where she would stay for three consecutive seasons. The creative midfielder scored 32 goals for the Toppserien outfit in only 58 games.
At international level, Yallop has made 82 appearances for the Matildas, representing her country in a host of major tournaments, including the FIFA World Cup, AFC Asian Cup and the Olympic Games.
Yallop is looking forward to experiencing a new league, as well as being reunited with her former manager once again.
“I think that the WSL will suit the sort of player that I am because I enjoy the physical, fast-paced nature of European style football. It’s a good balance of technical possession and fast transition play.
“I really admire the level of professionalism that Olli brings to the game no matter what kind of club he’s managing at. I also enjoy his style of football: possession-based and always looking to change things and be better.
"He also promotes a really good team culture, which was another reason why I wanted to come and work with him again."
Everyone at West Ham United would like to welcome Tameka to the Club and wish her every success in Claret and Blue.
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