Aherne Joins Everton

Alyssa Aherne has completed a season-long loan move to Everton from Manchester United. 

A versatile young forward who can operate across the front line and also play in midfield, the 19-year-old sealed her switch to the Blues ahead of Thursday’s 11pm transfer deadline.

Aherne is Everton’s seventh summer signing after striker Martina Piemonte, goalkeeper Emily Ramsey and midfielders Emma Bissell, Justine Vanhaevermaet, Karoline Olesen and Heather Payne.

The talented teenager signed her first professional contract with United earlier this summer and is eager to continue her progress with Brian Sorensen’s Blues.

“It feels really nice to be here,” Aherne told evertonfc.com. “This move to Everton is vital in terms of gaining experience at the top level. I want to challenge myself to get minutes in the Women’s Super League and to help the team.

“Seeing the likes of Jess Park and Aggie Beever-Jones come in on loan last season, earn that experience and showcase what they can do definitely influenced my decision to come here.

“Young players progress at this club, like Jess earning caps with the Lionesses. That’s encouraging to see and hopefully I can improve during my time here. 

“I’m really excited to work with Brian [Sorensen]. I feel like there’s good potential for this group and the plans the manager has for the squad. 

“I know this is a step up but I’m looking forward to the challenge. Hopefully it can be a good season for us.”

On the Club’s latest signing, manager Sorensen told evertonfc.com: “We have been monitoring Alyssa for a long time. 

“When she spent some time with us earlier in the summer, I spoke to her, and I made it clear she would fit in well at Everton and how we can offer her the opportunity to develop her game further. 

“She is a bright young player with great potential, and I look forward to working with over the coming season.”

Sorensen's Blues begin their league campaign at home to Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday 1 October (1pm BST).