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London City Lionesses sign former Pac-12 Forward of the Year Nicole Douglas

Updated: Jan 27

London City Lionesses is delighted to announce the arrival of forward Nicole Douglas on a free transfer from the Washington Spirit.

The 23-year-old arrives at Princes Park following five seasons playing in the United States, split between professional and collegiate teams.

Douglas was a standout performer for Arizona State University, scoring 60 goals in 89 NCAA appearances to become the Sun Devils' all-time leading scorer and earn national recognition as the Pac-12 Forward of the Year.

The London-born striker's impressive collegiate career saw her selected by Washington with the 26th overall pick in the 2023 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Draft.

Douglas spent one season in the United States' top professional division, tallying 16 appearances as the Spirit finished eighth in the regular-season standings.

"Nicole is a scorer and that is exactly what we have needed," said London City head coach Carolina Morace. "She is a fighter who always looks to stay in the box and to face the net.

"I know that she can help us in the second half of the season because we have wanted to add a scorer to the squad for a while. Nicole has different traits to our other players, so we are looking forward to seeing what she will bring."

Douglas, who scored seven times in 12 appearances for England's youth national teams, added: "After playing for Washington, the opportunity to join London City arose through my connection with Michele Kang. This Club has brilliant long-term aspirations and coming to this league is the perfect opportunity to show what kind of player I am.

"I'm so excited to be back on the pitch, my last game was in October. I feel like I've put myself in the best possible position to succeed and put in a lot of work to prepare for this moment.

"I'm really excited to get started with the team and hopefully help the Club as much as I can through the rest of the season."

Nicole Douglas, London City Lionesses (Image: Wing Chong)
Nicole Douglas, London City Lionesses (Image: Wing Chong)

Douglas is available for selection as the Pride host Crystal Palace in the Continental League Cup on Wednesday [24 January].

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