New star joins Whites

Friday 30 November 2001

Fulham Ladies are pleased to announce the signing of a new goalkeeper, Astrid Johannessen, who joins the professional Ladies team, on Monday 3rd December.

Astrid joins Fulham Ladies from Asker, one of Norway's leading clubs, which has a long tradition of league and cup success spanning the last two decades.

Astrid, 23, has already won 14 international caps for Norway. She began training with Premier League Club Sandviken, from the very young age of 14, and has been playing at the top level since she was 16. Astrid was part of the 1999 World Cup squad in Atlanta and has played many games for the Norwegian Under 21s and, prior to that, for the national youth teams.

Gaute Haugenes, Ladies Team Manager, commented: "This is the 3rd club where I will have worked with Astrid. She is a very strong goalkeeper and her distribution is particularly skillful. I know that Astrid is a very hard working player with a professional attitude. She demands much from herself and her team mates in both training sessions and matches."

Astrid commented: " It has always been my dream to focus 100% on being a footballer, and coming over to Fulham's professional environment will allow me to progress so much further as a player. My ambition is to be the Norwegian national goalkeeper in a couple of years and this will give me a great chance to improve and be ready for that role".