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Megan Finnigan

A talented and versatile footballer, Everton Academy graduate Megan Finnigan has established herself as a high-quality central defender, having previously played in midfield.

She made her Everton debut in 2015 but a serious ankle injury curtailed her season. Finnigan made her comeback in an FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest the following term, and has continued to feature regularly for the Blues.

She missed just one game of Everton's triumphant Spring Series campaign in 2017 as Everton secured their place in the top-flight of women's football.

Finnigan continued to demonstrate her versatility in the WSL in 2017/18. Starting the season anchoring Everton's midfield, she stepped back into central defence at the tail end of the campaign.

She remained a regular for the Toffees in 2018/19, playing 21 matches and establishing herself as an important figure in the Everton side.

Finnigan delivered a succession of strong performances the following campaign, playing 15 matches and helping Everton achieve a sixth-place finish in the WSL.

Finnigan enjoyed her best season to date with Everton in 2020/21.

She featured on 28 occasions – her most appearances in a season since coming through the Academy ranks – and helped the team secure nine clean sheets in all competitions.

The defender also reached a personal milestone by scoring her first senior goal for the Club with a headed effort during a 4-0 win over Bristol City in January 2021. Finnigan was on the scoresheet again in the final home game of the season when she headed home an equaliser against Arsenal in May 2021.

She also proved to be a valuable player in the team’s journey to the FA Cup final in November 2020.

The remaining fixtures of the 2019/20 competition were played out in the following season, with Finnigan helping the team beat Chelsea and Birmingham City to reach Wembley.

The Blues fought bravely in the final against Manchester City but fell just short and were beaten 3-1 after extra time.

An England Under-21 international, Finnigan has also represented her country at Under-17 and Under-19 level.

After a difficult start to the 2021/22 campaign, Finnigan’s perseverance and hard work on the training ground was ultimately rewarded as the defender came into her own during the second half of the season.

Finnigan battled with the Blues as she helped earn Everton nine points in the final 10 league outings of the season.

Arguably, Finnigan’s most significant contribution in that time was a late equaliser in added time in a thrilling 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur in the final home game of the season.

Internationally, Finnigan continues to develop with England Under-23s under the guidance of former Everton head coach Mo Marley.