Everton have announced the signing of Nebraska Huskers’ record-breaking striker Eleanor Dale.
The 21-year-old forward has English football experience already, having played for both Middlesbrough and Durham before jetting off to the US to play college football.
Dale has been a revelation in the States, smashing in 28 goals this past season to break the single season scoring record for the Huskers. The Billingham born striker also made first team in both NCAA and Big Ten, where she also won forward of the year.
“I’m really excited to be here, it’s been my dream to play in the Women’s Super League,” Dale said.
The striker is the third player to join the club from the US college system in the last six months. She follows the arrivals of Emma Bissell and Heather Payne. Everton manager Brian Sørensen said playing regular college football has been ‘important for her development’.
“That regular game time in a physical league puts her in a good position coming in,” he said. “She is really positive and has a good mindset. When I first spoke with her, I was really impressed with that. When you come across people like that who are determined and committed, it often plays out in a positive way. I’m sure she’s going to be loved by our fans because she’s ready to chip in.”
With ten games left to play, Everton sit ninth in the WSL table. The Blues will hope the signing of Eleanor Dale will prove a timely boost for the second half of their season. They will look to climb the table and get some positive results under their belt.