Bottom of the table Bristol City have made their first signing of the winter transfer window, bringing in Everton youngster Elise Hughes.
The Welsh 18-year-old joins the Robins until the end of the season on a loan deal.
Hughes came through the academy at Everton, being awarded her first professional contract in August by manager Willie Kirk.
Speaking about her loan move, Kirk said: “This loan move is part of Elise’s long-term development at Everton and will be a chance for her to gain more experience in WSL.”
She has become one of the highest-rated young forwards in England over the last two seasons. Hughes’ first Everton goal came in December 2018, scoring the winner in a Merseyside derby.
Elise has made four appearances in the WSL so far this season. More playing time will be the driving force behind this move.
Elise Hughes has also become a staple in Jayne Ludlow’s Wales side as they push for qualification to next year’s European Championship.
Bristol City – who are yet to win a game in the league this season – are desperate for goals. They will hope that Hughes can add some much needed attacking threat.
Bristol City manager, Tanya Oxtoby is aware of these issues. She said: “We identified the centre forward role as an area we needed to strengthen.
“We feel Elise can add real to the value to the squad and the frontline in particular.
“She’s a young and talented player who has potential to shine in the Barclays WSL and who impressed me during her performances at international level with Wales.”
Elise Hughes is eligible for Bristol City’s game this Sunday and could make her debut as the Vixens take on fourth-placed Manchester United at Leigh Sports Village.