Durham Women FC have announced the signing of promising young Scottish international Ellis Dalgleish.
Dalgleish, 18, joins the Wildcats having spent several years at Celtic Women in the Scottish Women’s Premier League.
She joined the Hoops in their Under 15 side but her potential was quickly noticed and the versatile player was quickly fast-tracked into the senior side, where she has spent the last three years.
During her time at Celtic, Dalgleish represented Scotland from Under 15 level up to the Under 19 squad, where she currently plays. Her fine recent form was rewarded with a call-up to the Scotland U19 squad for the European Championships in Northern Ireland next month.
A left-sided player, Dalgleish is comfortable playing either at full-back or on the wing and has impressed club staff during her time training with the club and in a friendly against the Wildcats while playing for the Scottish side earlier this year.
Speaking after making the move to New Ferens Park, Dalgleish said: “I’m very excited to sign for Durham. It’ll be a new challenge and a change of scenery to help develop my football further.
“Having previously played against Durham in a pre-season friendly with Celtic the club instantly made a very good impression on me. The club is always developing and the future looks strong and that’s something I want to be part of and something I can help the club with.
“I’ve been training with the team for a couple of weeks now and I have found that the atmosphere is very positive and everyone is willing to help and improve every time we train or play. The girls are very friendly and I think I’ve settled in well so far.
“As a player I believe that I’m a committed and versatile player and I love to have the ball at my feet. I will always give my very best for the team.”
Manager Lee Sanders was pleased to see the promising youngster sign for the club, adding: “Ellis has made an instant impression on the staff and some of the more senior players.
She’s moved down to England to study and has been training with us for a number of weeks now.
“She’s come in to the first team squad along with three or four of last year’s Development Team players and they’ve all looked comfortable which is great to see.
“There are some great players here for her to learn from and she’s settled in really well. We’ve got some fantastic young players coming through and I’m delighted Ellis will add to that.”
Report courtesy of Durham Women FC