Claudia Walker signs permanent contract

It’s exciting and I can’t wait to get started again, especially with a good preseason under my belt.

Claudia Walker

The Club is delighted to announce the signing of Claudia Walker on a two-year deal from Everton Ladies.

The 22-year-old has signed a permanent deal following her loan last season, where she made 17 appearances during the five-month spell.

Her contribution helped Blues to a fourth place finish, with their best points tally of 40 points in FA Women’s Super League history.

Walker’s addition strengthens Marta Tejedor’s attacking options following the departure of striker Ellen White ahead of the new campaign.

Speaking of her new contract, Walker said: “It’s exciting and I can’t wait to get started again, especially with a good preseason under my belt.

“When I came here [in January] my main aim was to show my abilities to get a permanent place at Blues, and I’m happy that I’ve done that.

“Towards the end of the season I got more opportunities and I thought I took them well.

“I need to push on now and make sure I get some goals and assists and help the team win games.”

The forward progressed through the youth ranks at Stoke City before moving to Liverpool where she spent a season as part of their 2014 title-winning side.

Walker then went on to join Merseyside rivals Everton, where she was top goal scorer in the 2016 WSL 2 season before firing them to silverware in the Toffees’ Spring Series campaign, notching seven goals in nine games.

She has also been capped at England Under-17s, 19s and 23s.

Manager Marta Tejedor believes the determination and desire possessed by the young forward will add to the squad moving forward.

“Claudia Walker is a young player, full of potential, who can perform in a range of attacking positions,” Tejedor said.

“She is very ambitious and always willing to improve as a player.

“She’s one of those athletes who make coaches better and I’m sure we’ll all move forward next year together.”

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