Everton Ladies are delighted to announce the signing of striker Aileen Whelan and the return of former Blues defender Fern Whelan.
The pair arrive on free transfers after Notts County’s liquidation in WSL 1 and will go straight into the squad to face Durham at the Select Security Stadium on Saturday.
Defender Whelan spent nine years at Everton after joining from neighbours Liverpool in the summer of 2005. Her form at the heart of the Toffees’ defence throughout the 2007/8 campaign saw her named FA Young Player of the Year, and she earned senior England honours when making her debut in a 2-0 win over Sweden.
Her former Notts teammate Aileen Whelan spent three years at the Lady Pies, joining ahead of their maiden season in the WSL. Prior to that she had turned out for Rushden & Diamonds, Barnet, MK Dons and Nottingham Forest.
While at the latter, she competed at the World Student Games, winning the gold medal, while internationally she has represented England at Under-23s level.
Both players trained with their new teammates on Friday and could make their Everton debuts on Saturday.
Manager Andy Spence was delighted to bring in the former Notts duo. “It’s brilliant to see Fern back at Everton,” he said. “As our fans will know, she was a big part of Everton Ladies for a number of years, and has been a fantastic servant to the club.
“To have her now back at the club is absolutely unbelievable for us. I am so pleased to have her with us once again.
“I have reminded Aileen already that she scored against us not so long ago! First and foremost, she carries that goal threat. But she is creative as well and really clever in terms of her movements.
“I am so pleased to have added both Fern and Aileen to our squad and I am looking forward to working with them.”