Everton and England goalkeeper Sandy MacIver has committed her future to the Blues, signing a new two-year contract until the end of June 2023.
MacIver – who honed her skills in Everton’s youth system as a youngster – rejoined the Club in January 2020 after three seasons with Clemson Tigers in the United States.
The 22-year-old has excelled since her Everton return, establishing herself as one of the pre-eminent goalkeepers in the Women’s Super League and breaking into the England squad.
She helped Everton reach the 2020 FA Cup final and, while the Toffees were edged out after extra-time by Manchester City, her exceptional performance was recognised with the Player of the Match award.
MacIver made her first senior England appearance in last month’s 6-0 friendly victory over Northern Ireland.
She explained how moving to Everton and working with boss Willie Kirk has been central to her development – and outlined her Club and international ambitions.
“I’m really excited to sign this contract and be at Everton for another two years,” MacIver told evertonfc.com. “Willie has made it clear of his intent with the players he’s brought in.
“Willie signing his new contract at the end of last year was a real statement, too, and shows his belief in where the Club is going. That was another big reason for me wanting to stay.
“Being at Everton has been pivotal in my progression over the past year. Working with the coaching staff and a goalkeeper like Tinny [Korpela] – we push each other every day in training – has helped me so much.
“The Champions League is where we want to be. I really believe the foundations are in place to do that. I don’t see why we can’t break into that top three or four in the WSL and cement ourselves as a top side in Europe.
“On a personal level, the ultimate goal is to be England’s No. 1. I really believe being an Everton player can help me achieve that.”
Kirk has spoken of his belief MacIver can become “the best goalkeeper in the world”.
The Everton manager added: "I've been very vocal with my praise and support of Sandy this season, so needless to say I’m delighted she has committed her future to Everton.
“Being a young goalkeeper, she still has lots of development to go through. In Ian McCaldon, I believe she has the best goalkeeping coach to maximise that development and help her reach her undoubted potential.
“She is very much a modern goalkeeper, in terms of her physique, speed and distribution skills – and over the coming years she will gain crucial experience which will aid her decision-making.
“She's had a very good season so far, with the highlights being her Player of the Match award in the FA Cup final and recently winning her first senior England cap.
“She has a big future, and I'm excited to see just how good she can become."