'I Can't Wait To Play'

Aileen Whelan cannot wait to make her Everton Ladies debut after signing for the Blue Girls on Friday.

The striker was left without a club after Notts County folded the day before they were due to begin their WSL 1 Spring Series campaign.

That means Whelan has spent months in pre-season without tasting competitive action so far this season, meaning she is chomping at the bit to get started at her new club.

“I’m really looking forward to getting started,” she said. “I have had a long pre-season and I am just looking forward to getting out onto that pitch and getting some minutes under my belt and score some goals.

“I have always heard good things about Everton. I have played against them a few times and there is definitely a good squad here. I have heard a lot through previous players who have been at the club as well.

“Andy was also on the phone to give me a feel about what everything is about and plans going forward. Having Fern here too will help. She knows the place and some of the players. It was nice to know through her what I was coming into before I got here. 

“Everything sounds promising and there is definitely a good vibe around the place.”

Whelan, and indeed fellow new recruit Fern Whelan, could make their debuts on Saturday when the Toffees take on Durham at Select Security Stadium.

She is looking forward to adding her game to the blend of attacking options within the squad.

“I am versatile, so I can play along the front line,” she added. “I like to be direct, to try and get in and around the box to try and score goals. 

“Hopefully I can make my debut as soon as possible. There are three games left so I am just looking to get as many minutes under my belt as I can.”

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