Georgia Brougham says it’s a “dream come true” after she joined Gabby George in becoming a full-time professional at Everton Ladies.
After her defensive partner became the first player in the Blue Girls’ history to go full-time on Monday, George was quickly followed by 21-year-old Brougham, with the former Manchester City youngster penning a two-year deal.
Turning professional is reward for years of hard work for the former England youth international and she is delighted to do so at Everton.
“To be called a professional footballer sounds amazing,” she told evertontv. “It is all I have ever wanted. I have been working so hard through all the years I have been playing to get to this point.
“It was always the dream growing up. It is every young girl's dream to be a professional. To now have that chance is amazing.
“Whether we were going to go full-time has been in the back of my mind once we were back in WSL 1, so it is brilliant to get it all sorted before pre-season starts.”
Brougham admits the decision to commit her future to the Toffees was a straightforward one. She has been a regular since joining the Club from City in February 2016 and has become a key component of the defence.
The young defender has blossomed at the Club and intends to keep on progressing now her future is secured.
“There are exciting times here at Everton,” added Brougham. “The Club have shown how ambitious they are by the backing they have given the Ladies team. It is very exciting to be here.
“I really believe Everton is the right place for me. It’s where I want to be. When I signed last year it immediately felt like home and I love it here. It’s the only club I want to play for.
“I am ready for the challenge of WSL 1. I want to now show that I can compete in the top flight and continue developing as a player.”