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by Matthew Gamble @efc_mattgamble

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Toni Duggan is leaving Everton Ladies.

The striker rejected a new contract offer from the Blues and has decided to move on.

Duggan, 22, enjoyed an excellent WSL campaign this summer, netting 13 goals and becoming an Engand regular.

The Everton centre of excellence product follows international teammate Jill Scott in leaving manager Andy Spence's squad this winter.

Duggan told "Leaving Everton is by far the hardest decision I have ever had to make.

"Everton has played a massive part in my life and I can't express enough my admiration and thanks to them for the opportunities and amazing memories that will live with me forever.

"The support of the coaches, staff, fans and fellow players over the years has been truly amazing and I can't thank them enough.

"As hard as it is, I just feel now is the time to move on and continue to challenge myself to become the best player I can be.

"I would like to personally thank Mo Marley, Andy Spence and Keith Marley for everything that they have done for me from the age of 10. If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't even be playing the game, let alone playing for England.

"The work they have done for not only me, but Everton Ladies over the years has been special. That is something I will never forget.

"I am sure Andy will continue his great work at the Club and I would like to wish him and the girls all the best of luck in the future. I will always be looking out for their results because not only am I leaving behind some of my best friends but people I would class as family."

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