Roestbakken eyes sustained success after joining Norwegian champions

Canberra United and Westfield Matildas star Karly Roestbakken is determined to play a part in the success of LSK Kvinner after the Norwegian giants secure her services last week.

Roestbakken, 19, signed for the Norwegian Toppserien reigning champions and seven-time winners after a meteoric rise throughout 2019.

The Scandinavian nation is the land of her father’s birth, and where he played as a second division footballer before emigrating to Australia.

LSK, based in Lillestrom, have won the last six league titles and were Champions League quarter finalists in 2018/19, where they were beaten by Barcelona.

“I am looking forward to playing for LSK this season,” Roestbakken told Canberra’s official website. 

“It will be an exciting challenge to play in an international tournament with a leading club in LSK.


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“I hope in some way I can help with a winning title or two. 

“I also want to thank Canberra United for helping me get to this point in my career and for their ongoing support throughout the Westfield W-League season.”

The ex-Canberra co-captain led the Young Matildas with distinction before an injury to Laura Brock saw Roestbakken called up by Ante Milicic to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

She made her international debut in Australia’s famous 3-2 comeback win over Brazil, and helped the Westfield Matildas secure a spot at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in just her sixth international cap.

“We are incredibly pleased to be able to strengthen our squad with this signing,” the club said in a statement.

“Karly can hold all the defensive positions and can be described as a hard-working player both offensively and defensively.

“We look forward to seeing Karly in yellow and black this season.”

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