Centre-half Fern Whelan was recruited during the summer of 2005 from neighbours Liverpool.
After a string of commanding performances in the Everton back-line during the 2007/08 campaign, she was crowned the FA Young Player of the Year.
Fern has featured for England right through from Under-15s to Under-23 level - captaining her country in the UEFA under-19s European Championships, and during the Under-20s World Cup in 2008.
She has six caps for England at under-23s level and received her first call-up to the senior squad in October 2009.
Fern came on as a substitute in Everton's FA Women's Cup win over Arsenal in May 2010, and in the following season Whelan featured heavily in Everton's 2010/11 Women's Champions League campaign.
She made her senior debut for England as an 87th-minute substitute in the 2-0 win over Sweden in a pre-World Cup friendly in May 2011, but was not named in Hope Powell's 21-women squad for the tournament in Germany.
So far, Fern has played in every game of the Blues' 2011 FA Women's Super League campaign.
In February 2012, Fern made the tough decision to go through with a knee operation which meant she missed the remainder of Everton’s 2012 campaign and competing for Great Britain at the London Olympic Games. Aside from football, Fern is also a qualified physiotherapist.