Chloe Kelly says she has “unfinished business” with Everton after completing her move back to the Blue Girls.
The England Under-19s striker has re-joined the Toffees on a season-long loan from WSL 1 rivals Arsenal, having previously enjoyed a three-month spell at the Club during the 2016 campaign.
Kelly scored twice in nine appearances during that short-term stay but her loan ended with three games of the season remaining. With Everton chasing promotion from WSL 2, she missed the vital game against Bristol City, in which the Vixens ended the Toffees’ hopes of going up.
That, Kelly admits, has only made her hungrier to help the Blue Girls be successful.
“I am delighted to be back at Everton, back with the girls, back with Andy Spence and I can’t wait to get started,” she told evertonfc.com. “I was away with England and Arsenal manager Pedro Losa called me up and told me Everton were interested in taking me back on loan. I knew I needed to get minutes under my belt so what a place to do that. To be back here is great.
“I had a really good loan spell here last time, but it could have been even better. Leaving with three games left to go back then gives me more motivation to do well here. I have unfinished business at Everton.
“It also gives me a chance to prove myself in WSL 1. Last time, in WSL 2, it was tough fighting for promotion, but now we are back in the top flight and we have a point to prove. We don’t want to be competing in the bottom half of the table – we are looking to be right at the top.”
Kelly, already familiar with the players and staff at the Club, sees no issues settling back into the group. In 2016 she formed a promising partnership with fellow striker Claudia Walker, and she is looking forward to renewing that now she is back.
“I know the girls well and that will help me settle in,” she added. “It is easy to do that with these girls – they are a great group. They make me feel at home here. That’s what helped me really enjoy my last loan spell here.
“I thought Claudia and I had a great bond on the pitch before and we get on really well off it as well. We are now living together too so I’m sure we’ll get to know each other even better! The more you are familiar with someone off the pitch, the better you are together on it.
“I didn’t get to play with Simone Magill previously but I am looking forward to linking up with her as well. I’m excited to play with all the girls here and I can’t to get started.”