NEW ZEALAND midfielder Hayley Bowden has joined FA Women’s Super League team the Lincoln Ladies.
The 29-year-old has previously played for Chelsea, and is the record cap-holder for the Football Ferns with 90 appearances.
“Hayley is a top midfielder proven at all levels,” chief executive Luke Negus-Hill told the club’s website.
“This signing is a clear statement of our intention and ambition in the coming years.”
“There is a belief amongst the group of players at this club that we can be right up there challenging for titles, and winning them in the not too distant future.”
Bowden has represented New Zealand at two World Cups and two Olympics Games, and is based in England where her husband Daniel Bowden plays rugby for the Leicester Tigers.
The WSL is a semi-professional, eight-team league.