There is no doubt in anybody’s mind that Sam Kerr is an icon in the Australian soccer scene. She is the face of the marketing campaigns of the Matildas and an inspiration to many young and aspiring soccer players. Kerr is also a world-class player, and her performance is beyond impressive. Therefore it comes as no surprise that others would extend a hand to get her into their camp. Chelsea is one of the big players with a hand out to Kerr and what they offer might mean the end of Kerr for the Australian world of soccer.
This is not the first time which Kerr seemed to be lost for the W-League. About two years ago, this French club made some severe inquiries regarding the Australian striker and even Kerr herself thought that she wouldn’t be returning to her home country. During this time she also had many talks with other European clubs and admitted to the fact that she did feel like she has to go the European route. Now the entire situation is on repeat, and this time it is the English soccer giant, Chelsea, knocking on Kerr’s door with promises and possibilities which are very hard to decline.
Chelsea Offering More than Money
Chelsea did make a very tempting offer to the 25-year-old star in the form of a $1 million deal over two years if she would relocate to London. The offer is, however, more than merely the possibility of a better payday. Playing for Chelsea would place Kerr in the position where she would be competing in the English Women’s Super League as well as for some domestic cups. Chelsea also has their eye on competing in the Champion’s League next year. This is a brilliant opportunity to compete against the best teams which Europe has to offer. In addition to this, there is also the lure of playing for an excellent team situated in Europe, which remains the heartbeat of football globally. Playing in Europe is bringing the next level of prestige which Kerr will most probably never achieve in Australia.
Staying in Australia
Currently, Kerr is not under contract with Glory or the W-League, but the FFA. She would return as a marquee player for the Football Federation. During her brilliant career, Kerr has become the face of Perth Glory, and she made a significant contribution in getting exposure for the club, but also the Matildas.
At the moment Kerr is still contracted in the US for six more season matches playing for the Chicago Red Stars on the National Women’s Soccer League side. After that, the striker will most probably return to Perth to make the career-changing decision of staying on in Australia or venturing into the green fields of European soccer. Tony Pignata, the CEO of Perth Glory, stated that they will genuinely be sad to see her go, but that they do wish her well. She is a very talented player and deserves excellent opportunities.