It’s been a big couple of weeks for Lysianne Proulx.

On January 25, the Quebecois goalkeeper started in goal as usual for Australian A-League side Melbourne City. On February 7, she was named on Bev Priestman’s final CONCACAF W Gold Cup roster.

And now, on February 8, she has become the latest Canadian to join the NWSL.

2024 NWSL expansion side Bay FC announced on Thursday that they have signed the 24-year-old Proulx to a two-year contract with an option for 2026. Per Melbourne City, the deal has set a new record for an A-League Women’s record-breaking outgoing transfer fee.

Proulx, who will occupy an international roster spot for Bay FC, was described by her new club’s head of goalkeeping Diego Restrepo as possessing “exceptional athletic attributes and a great example of a modern goalkeeper.”

“Her ability to make crucial saves, read the game, and play out from the back are impressive. We are thrilled to welcome her to our team and support her ongoing journey and growth.”

Proulx is yet to make a senior appearance for Canada but has been a regular invitee to camp since earning her first call-up in June 2022. She went to the 2023 FIFA World Cup as CanWNT’s third-choice goalkeeper behind Kailen Sheridan and Sabrina D’Angelo and will also be at this month’s Gold Cup.

After her early days playing regional soccer in Quebec and college ball for Syracuse, Proulx spent one season in Portugal with Torreense before moving to Melbourne last summer. There, her star has risen. She has been the impressive and reliable No. 1 for the team who sit top of the women’s A-League, playing every minute until missing the last game. We now know why she was not in the matchday squad on Sunday.

“Being a member of Melbourne City has been a turning point in my career, and I couldn’t be more grateful,” said the Canadia in a parting statement. “As a City player, I was given the opportunity to play the most beautiful and exciting type of football I have played in my career so far, and I enjoyed every second of it. It was challenging but so rewarding.”

The move to Bay FC, an ambitious team looking to be highly competitive in their first NWSL season, is a huge step in her career. She joins star compatriots including the likes of Christine Sinclair, Janine Beckie, Jessie Fleming, Sheridan, Quinn, and a host of others in the NWSL, one of the very best women’s soccer leagues in the world.

And in California, she will have star teammates, too. Bay made a big splash last week when they announced the signing of Nigeria and former Barcelona star and six-time African Women’s Footballer of the Year Asisat Oshoala for their inaugural roster.

In all regards, Proulx is now in great company. Hopefully, she can impress and lock down regular playing time because as CanWNT looks to kick on in 2024 and become more competitive on multiple fronts, more roster regulars playing at such high levels is great news.