Young Matilda agrees to join Serie A club Napoli
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Young Matilda agrees to join Serie A club Napoli

Australian players are proving hot property in Europe with former Brisbane Roar defender Isobel Dalton the latest to sign for a high-profile side.

The Young Matilda is set to become the first Australian to wear the famous light blue jersey of Serie A club Napoli, having agreed to join their women's team for next season.

Naples bound: Isobel Dalton (right) is set to sign for Napoli.

Naples bound: Isobel Dalton (right) is set to sign for Napoli. Credit:Getty

The 22-year-old is the latest Australian to sign for a major European club, with 14 Matildas having made the switch.

England has been the most popular destination. Sam Kerr moved to Chelsea while Arsenal have boosted their Australian contingent with the signings last week of Lydia Williams and Steph Catley, who join Caitlin Foord at the club.

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The past month has also seen Kyah Simon join Dutch giants PSV, Emma Checker sign with French club Fleury 91 and Ellie Carpenter move to six-time European champions Lyon.

England-born Dalton has no interest in returning to the W-League yet. Instead she will travel to Naples next week for the start of preseason in what will be Napoli's inaugural campaign in the Serie A Femminile.

"It’s exciting. I have never been to a place like Italy before so I am really excited for it, it will be a new challenge and I am looking forward to it," she said.

"I thought it would be something different because I have played in England, America and Australia and I have never been to another different European league. A new country, a new culture and a new language."

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Dalton has an eye on becoming a senior international on the back of the move. She hopes being at one club for a whole season, instead of switching between competitions, will accelerate her development.

Following Lisa De Vanna's departure from Fiorentina, Dalton is the only Australian plying their trade in Italy's top tier.

"I have heard good things about it and they have some famous teams like Juventus, AC Milan. It’s a good standard, maybe similar to W-League but the top end is better than the W-League," she said.

Dalton previously had spells with Nottingham Forest and Glasgow.

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