The offseason changes have commenced and it was announced that two of Everton’s Dutch players are set to leave Everton once their contract ends in June. Defender Siri Worm and midfielder Dominique Bruinenberg depart the club and are looking for their next opportunity.
Worm joined the Toffees in 2017 and played in 21 matches her first season and saw her starts decrease under new manager Willie Kirk this season to feature in 14 matches.
Bruinenberg joined Everton a year ago and played in 18 games for Everton. She told SheKicks Magazine:
“I’ve not played as much as I would have liked this season. I’ve had a great time and I’ve enjoyed to play for a fantastic club like Everton. But the coach has another vision on the game to mine so it is probably not a good fit for me any longer and it’s best I find another club.”
Goalkeeper coach Jen Herst posted on Twitter that she will be leaving Everton Ladies. Herst served as interim manager back in December after Andy Spence stepped down and before Willie Kirk was hired.
I would like to thank @evertonladies for the opportunity to work with such a great group of players this season. I have learnt a lot and enjoyed my time there. I wish you the best of luck for next season. ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/n4PyEeSks4— Jennifer Herst (@Hersty13) May 17, 2019
The Work Never Stops
There were quite a few injuries to players this season, including Chloe Kelly and Gabby George. The Head Physiotherapist managing delivery of PFA Rehabilitation at St George’s Park posted short clips of Kelly and George working hard in the gym this past week.
George earned her first call-up to the England senior team for the 2017 SheBelieves Cup and made her debut in September 2018, during a 6-0 victory over Kazakhstan in a World Cup qualifier. Kelly made her Lionesses debut in November 2018, as a substitute in a 3–0 friendly win over Austria.
Another busy week on the @PFA rehab scheme at @StGeorgesPark Thanks to Lewis McGugan @ry_coco @Chloe_Kelly98 @gabsgeorge for your hard work this week. @SUFCOfficial @EvertonLadies pic.twitter.com/wAmC01cSW0— Pete Talbot (@pptphysio) May 17, 2019
Everton Ladies player Olivia Chance was in America on Thursday, playing in a friendly against the United States for New Zealand. The Football Ferns lost 5-0 in front of 35,000 fans at Busch Stadium in St Louis, Missouri to the FIFA World Champions who will defend their World Cup title in a few weeks’ time in France. Manager Tom Sermanni brought on Olivia Chance for Katie Duncan in the 60th minute.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup in France starts in only a few weeks on June 7th! Do you have your England jersey yet? If not, you better hurry up because they are selling out!
While no Blues will be on the Lionesses roster, midfielder Inessa Kaagman will be at the tournament representing Netherlands and Olivia Chance will be donning the New Zealand jersey. The two Blues square off in France on June 11th! An extremely useful Google calendar of all the World Cup games, courtesy of Stars and Stripes, is available here.
End of Season
Simone Magill was named Everton Ladies Player of the Year
ICYMI: Check out Royal Blue Mersey’s recap of the 2018/2019 season.