Transfer news: Glory sign exciting US youngster for Westfield W-League season

American forward Rachel Hill has signed with Perth Glory for the Westfield W-League 2017/18 Season.

The 22-year-old arrives in the west after a stellar college career where she scored a remarkable 61 goals in 89 games for the University of Connecticut.

She joined Orlando Pride – the same club as Westfield Matildas Steph Catley and Alanna Kennedy – earlier this year and found the net eight times in 15 games in the NWSL.

Hill, a US U-20 and U-23 international, helped Pride make the NWSL semis, only to be beaten by eventual champions Portland Thorns.

“Rachel is a talented young striker with a high work rate and we feel that she can help take some of the goal-scoring burden off Sam Kerr’s shoulders,” Glory coach Bobby Despotovski said.

“With the strengths that she has, our system should really suit her and we’re really pleased to have her on board.

“Sam [Kerr] will also be away at times during the season with the Matildas, so we’ll need cover and Rachel will certainly help provide that.”

Hill should be right to go for Glory’s first game of the season, an eagerly-anticipated Grand Final re-match against Melbourne City at nib Stadium on Friday 27th October.