Northern Ireland international Magill to depart Everton

Simone Magill has announced that she will leave Everton Women when her contract expires next month.
 
Magill leaves the Merseyside club after nearly 10 years of service with the club since signing from Mid-Ulster in 2013.
 
The forward made history when she signed for the Toffees as she became the first female Northern Irish international to sign a full-time professional deal.
 
The 27 year old was already a seasoned international by the time she moved to Everton at the age of 18 – she made her senior international debut at just 15 years old – and they are experiences which shaped Magill at a young age.
 
During her time on Merseyside, Magill has helped the Blues reach two FA Cup finals as well as enjoying a Championship-winning season in 2017, alongside two Player of the Year awards in 2014/15 and 2018/19.

Magill who is preparing for Euro 2022 this summer told evertonfc.com, “It’s never an easy decision, I’ve been here for nine years, to say I’m emotional is an understatement.

“I’ve grown to love the Club, the fans, the people and what it stands for. To leave this club will be very sad. Everton is filled with fantastic people. I wish the Club all the best and I have no doubt our paths will cross again sometime in the future.”

“Once you play for Everton, you understand the values and what the Club is all about, I just loved to be a part of Everton and I’m so proud to represent the Club and what it stands for. The work they do in the wider community, I’m so passionate about that as well.
“To be attached to a club like that is a huge reason why I’ve stayed as long as I have.”
Magill also paid tribute to the passionate Evertonians who have supported her throughout the years.

“The fans are phenomenal,” she added. “It’s been a tough season, but they have stuck by us through thick and thin. When I say they are the best, I honestly mean they are incredible. I’ll never forget the support they have given to me. They are incredible and I’m just so thankful to have met them and to have their support.”

Aston Villa have been touted as her next destination as she prepares for a career refresh.
 
Northern Ireland will play England, Norway and Austria all in Southampton this season when Euro 2022 kicks off.
 
Photo: @NorthernIreland