Fern Whelan is determined to put right the pain of relegation at Everton by helping the club return to WSL 1.
The defender was in the Blues side that suffered the drop to WSL 2 but, having re-signed on a free transfer after Notts County folded on Friday, Whelan is excited at the prospect of joining the Toffees’ promotion push.
“I have always felt that Everton should be a WSL 1 club,” she told evertontv. “On top of that, being in the team that got relegated, it would be nice to then be in the team that got the club back to where it should be.
“I definitely want to get back up to WSL 1. It is a great league for any player to be in. It is a massive challenge for us to get back up there playing in the top division. But we want to be back there and I certainly want to help get Everton back up to WSL 1.”
Whelan believes she will settle quickly back at Everton. The squad still has a number of familiar faces for the former England international, while she worked under current boss Andy Spence in her previous spell.
Having enjoyed her time at Notts before their liquidation, she is delighted to be back to a place she still calls ‘home’.
“There is actually quite a few familiar faces – although I feel like one of the older ones now!” she added. “Andy has welcomed me back with open arms and it’ll be great to catch up with the girls at training.
“All I want to do is play football. So it has been great to be given that opportunity to get back into the swing of things pretty quickly.
“It’s fantastic to be back. It’s been nice to be back in the building, getting a feel for things again and seeing some familiar faces. It feels like nothings changed. It’s nice to be back home.”