Karly Roestbakken's dream move to Europe will finally become a reality, with the rising Matildas star receiving clearance to travel overseas.
Her long-awaited flight to Norway will depart from Sydney on Saturday night, more than two months after she finalised a deal with leading Toppserien club LSK Kvinner.
Norwegian borders remain closed due the global coronavirus pandemic, but those with work permits or national passports, like Roestbakken, can arrive under strict regulations.
The Canberra United defender faces a 10-day quarantine period when she arrives in Oslo, where she'll stay with one of her Kvinner teammates.
The thought of missing out on her first overseas opportunity drove Roestbakken's push for a travel exemption.
She said it was a huge relief when she received the green light on Wednesday, with her seat already reserved for this weekend's flight.
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"I just really want to play football again. It's my first signing overseas and to actually fulfill that contract is pretty exciting," Roestbakken said.
"It was definitely a big relief, I wasn't sure whether it was going to happen or not.
"I really didn't want to miss out on this year with everything happening. Once things in Norway started to settle down, I just wanted to get over there and start playing.
"We've had a couple of months off now which is weird. So I'm really excited about it and seeing my family in Norway will be a really good time."
Kvinner will resume training on June 2, meaning Roestbakken will miss out on the first few sessions while in quarantine.
The easing of coronavirus restrictions in Norway has made a return to action feasible, with the Toppserien tipped to start on July 11.
Its structure and format is yet to be confirmed, but Roestbakken understands the season is likely to be shortened and finish in December.
The Matildas defender is still planning to play in the upcoming W-League season, which is also shrouded in uncertainity.
"There could be a clash but I don't think it'll be a big one," Roestbakken said.
"I think the Toppserien will still finish in December because there won't be as many games.
"I was going to miss the first few rounds of the W-League anyway, but if that gets pushed back because of the virus I'm not sure."
Roestbakken was part of Ante Milicic's 20-strong squad that earned qualification for the Tokyo Olympic Games, which has been postponed until July 2021.
The six-capped Matilda is hoping to use her experience in Norway to help boost her chances of Olympic selection, with Milicic allowed to take only 18 players to Tokyo.
"It's just good preparation if I get game time over there, it'll be something to have under my belt," Roestbakken said.
"Experience playing in an European league will help me develop as a footballer and as a person.
"Going to Norway is the right move and at the right time as well, especially with the Olympics pushed back a year.
"It'll give me greater preparation for the Olympics and have an opportunity to be selected."