Canberra United star Karly Roestbakken has finalised a deal to join Norwegian club LSK Kvinner but is unsure when she'll be able to join her new team due to escalating concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.
Koestbakken is the latest Matilda to join the mass exodus of Australian players to Europe, with the 19-year-old Canberran signing a contract for the upcoming Toppserien season.
She's scheduled to leave for Norway on March 21 but the spread of coronavirus could delay her trip overseas.
The Norwegian government introduced drastic measures to combat the spread of coronavirus on Friday. International travels now risk facing a mandatory 14-day quarantine, regardless of their health.
They've also suspended all sporting fixtures across the country, including the Toppserien. League officials have postponed all matches until at least May, meaning Roestbakken is unlikely to miss any game time if she's able to arrive as planned.
"I'm going to the otherside of the world at 19 so it's going to be a challenge but I love challenges. I can't wait to get over there," Roestbakken said.
"If I have to delay my time over there or stay in quarantine, I'll just have to wait and see what they tell me to do. I'll have to follow what the procedures are."
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LSK Kvinner reached out to Roestbakken last year following her shock international debut at the FIFA Women's World Cup.
She's now made six international appearances and helped the Matildas book their ticket to Tokyo with a 2-1 win over Vietnam earlier this week.
Roestbakken has spent the last four W-League seasons with United but says she ultimately needs overseas experience to truly make her mark on the Australian team.
"I knew within myself I had to get over there. I've done my time in Australia, made my debut for the Matildas and I've seen the benefits for how that's helped me," Roestbakken said.
"It's time for me to take the first step and become a better footballer. If I wanted to progress further and really make my mark in the Matildas, I knew I had to go overseas and I've gotten away with a perfect start for it.
"Not only is it a good stepping stone but it gives me valuable time to spend with my father's side of the family. It'll be exciting for them to see me play, they haven't watched me live so I'm really looking forward to it."
Roestbakken was part of Ante Milicic's 20-strong squad for their two-leg showdown with Vietnam, but the Matildas coach will only be able to take 18 players to the Olympics in July.
That means at least two of the current crop will miss out on selection depending on any other inclusions. Roestbakken hopes her move to Europe will strengthen her case for Olympic selection, with the Canberran ready to put her best foot forward to book her ticket to Tokyo.
"This is what I've been working towards, so if I get the opportunity to go it will be very heartwarming and everything I've wanted," Roestbakken said.
"I think [playing in Norway] will really help me, it'll be beneficial for me to learn the game more and be able to read the game better. They're more technical and tactical.
"So it's definitely going to help me football wise, it'll also give me a great challenge to put my best foot forward to be selected for Toyko. That's what I'm hoping to get as well."