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Natasha Dowie [2006] on loan to Melbourne Victory

England and Liverpool Ladies striker Natasha Dowie has joined Australian side Melbourne Victory on loan.

The 27-year-old, who scored 14 goals for the Reds this season, has agreed a two-month deal and will stay until the end of the W-League campaign. Dowie said: “I have always wanted to play abroad and experience different styles of play. I am relishing the opportunity to go out on loan.”

Victory are managed by former Bristol Academy boss Dave Edmondson . But they are bottom of the table after losing their opening five matches and seem unlikely to reach the play-offs, meaning their season would end in early January.

Dowie signed a new contract with Liverpool before the start of the season, but the Reds finished seventh in the eight-team Women’s Super League.

BBC news 18th November 2015