Olivia Chance is excited to be joining a ‘huge name’ in Everton Ladies.
The New Zealander became the Blue Girls second signing ahgead of the new campaign, following on from the arrival of former Reading attacker Amber Stobbs.
Chance is thrilled at the opportunity to test herself in English football and at a club with a strong following in her homeland.
“I am really happy to be at a club like Everton,” she told evertonfc.com. “It’s a huge name, really well known back home in New Zealand so it is great to be here.
“From when I was younger, I always wanted to play in England. My mum is English so English football was always on the TV. It was an easy decision to come and play my football.
“I’m excited for the FA Cup game. Everyone knows this competition and everyone wants to be involved in it. I just want to be ready for whenever the team needs me.”
The arrival of Chance boosts manager Andy Spence’s forward options and the player herself has settled in quickly.
A goal threat, Chance netted 31 in 79 games for college side South Florida Bulls and arrives at Everton following a spell in Iceland with Breiðablik.
She is looking forward to playing her part in the Toffees’ promotion push in WSL 2, following the conclusion of the Spring Series.
“I love to be on the ball so I’m always looking to get on it and try and get assists,” she explains. “I like to create goals more than score them – although everyone loves to score goals!
“During my college years I played as an attacking central midfielder. I managed to score quite a lot of goals and I loved every bit of my time in Florida. But I’m excited to move on and be here at Everton.
“I’ve been training with the girls for a little while now and I feel like I am getting into my grove. I’m becoming more confident with the group every day. They are a great bunch. They bring a lot of laughter but can also get down to the nitty gritty. I’m looking forward to helping them progress to WSL 1.”