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Everton Ladies have completed the signing of Doncaster Rovers Belles striker Courtney Sweetman-Kirk.

The 26-year-old has joined for an undisclosed fee and has penned a two-year deal with the Blue Girls.

Sweetman-Kirk admits it has been a “hectic couple of days” but believes she has joined a Club that can help her fulfil her international ambitions with England.

“I’m delighted to sign for Everton,” she said. “It’s been a hectic couple of days but I’m excited now to be an Everton player and to get started.

“It’s a Club with a lot of history in the women’s game, going back to how big they were and hopefully we can return to that level going forward with the big plans that the Club has got in place.

“There is a massive buzz around the team at the minute and Andy [Spence] has assured me the team isn’t here to make up the numbers and just fight to stay up. We want to have a real good go at WSL 1 and see how high we can finish.

“Personally, I want to finish high on the goalscoring charts, and I am after international recognition too. It is something I have done at junior level and I feel like I am ready to make that step up now. Hopefully I can achieve that with Everton.”

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Formerly of Leicester City and Coventry City, Sweetman-Kirk was part of the Lincoln side that became Notts County in 2014.

She moved to Doncaster later that year and struck 25 goals as the Belles clinched promotion to WSL 1, gaining personal recognition when awarded the WSL 2 Players’ Player of the Year award.

Head coach Spence is delighted to add the free-scoring striker to his forward options.

“We’re delighted with the capture of Courtney because I know she had a number of options,” he said. “The fact that she’s chosen Everton is a real big marker of our ambition for the season ahead.  

“Her record tells you she’s a goalscorer. We’ve got good attacking options in the squad but we felt someone of Courtney’s ability was something we had to add. She’s just recently picked up the award for top goalscorer in WSL2 as well. 

“We’ve played against her many times and she’s reminded me already of the time she came on and scored a hat-trick in the second half against us! I’m delighted she has joined her squad.”

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