Claire makes her move to Everton a full-time one

Penicuik’s Claire Emslie has completed a permanent move to Everton from US side Orlando Pride, signing an 18-month deal having impressed during an initial loan spell with the Blues.

Tuesday, 19th January 2021, 8:44 am
Updated Tuesday, 19th January 2021, 11:15 am
Claire Emslie of Everton Women during the Barclays FA Women's Super League match between Everton Women and Reading Women at Walton Hall Park on November 14, 2020 in Liverpool. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

The new contract means the Scottish international forward will remain with Everton until at least June 2022.

Emslie originally joined Everton on loan from Orlando in August and made an impact straight away as Willie Kirk’s side won their opening four WSL matches.

Her influence was recognised when she was nominated for October’s WSL Player of the Month prize.

The 26-year-old has missed the Toffees’ recent matches due to injury but is expected to make her comeback early in the new year.

“I’m so happy and excited to sign permanently at Everton,” Emslie told evertonfc.com. “I’ve really enjoyed my football here at the club so far.

“I believe in the club’s plans and ambitions and I want to be part of the team achieving those goals.”

Emslie has again flourished under the guidance of Kirk, after previously working with the Everton manager at Bristol City and Hibernian, where they won the Scottish League Cup in 2011.

The explosive attacker boasts a wealth of trophy-winning experience, having also lifted domestic silverware with Manchester City and Australian top-flight team Melbourne City.

Kirk said: “Making Claire’s stay at the club permanent is a really important signing for us.

“It is no secret that I’ve signed her a number of times, which proves my trust in her.

“She is a very, very hard worker, is two-footed, creative and versatile enough to be able to play anywhere across the front three.”