‘Generational player’ leaves Wanderers to make history in the US

Western Sydney Wanderers forward Milly Clegg has joined NWSL side Racing Louisville FC on a three-year deal.

Clegg was due to make the move at the end of the current Liberty A-League campaign but confirmation of a season-ending hamstring injury has seen the New Zealand international move stateside with immediate effect.

Having turned 18 in November, Clegg now becomes the youngest ever player to sign a contract with the Kentucky-based club and will team up with Football Ferns legend Abby Erceg.

“I’m beyond excited to be joining Racing Louisville in the NWSL,” Clegg said.

“From the players, coaches and staff to the fans and community, Racing Louisville seems like a very special team and amazing place to be.”

After enjoying an incredible breakthrough season which saw her score four goals in 16 appearances for Wellington Phoenix, the teen prodigy then moved across the Tasman, joining the Wanderers on a one-year deal.

With FIFA rules preventing Clegg from playing for Western Sydney until turning 18, her season was eventually limited to just one game after she injured her hamstring in what would be her first and only first team appearance for the club.

Prior to making her debut for the Wanderers the young talent had made global headlines having represented New Zealand in both the under-17 and under-20 World Cups before then being called up by the Football Ferns for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023 – all while still 17-years-old.

“Milly is a generational player who already has significant international experience at a young age,” said Racing general manager Ryan Dell.

“We cannot wait to see her grow and develop at Racing. She has a unique ability to score goals with exceptional pace, and she will play an important role for us for years to come.”