WASL: England Striker Toni Duggan set to leave Everton Ladies
England striker Toni Duggan confirms she will leave Everton Ladies
Last Updated: 28/11/13 1:33pm
The 22-year-old scored 13 times for Everton last season helping the club to a fifth place finish in the WASL last season.
Duggan, who has been at Everton since she was a teenager, revealed her decision to leave was far from an easy one.
"Leaving Everton is by far the hardest decision I have ever had to make," Duggan told Everton's official website. "Everton has played a massive part in my life and I can't express enough my admiration and thanks to them for the opportunities and amazing memories that will live with me forever.
"As hard as it is, I just feel now is the time to move on and continue to challenge myself to become the best player I can be."
Duggan had represented England at youth level before being given her full international debut by former England women's manager Hope Powell in a 3-0 victory over Croatia last year.
She has scored eight goals in 14 international appearances and becomes the second England international to leave Everton in the last fortnight following Jill Scott's move to Manchester City.
Duggan also picked up the England Women's Under-23 Player of the Year award this season and she paid tribute to the staff at Everton Ladies for helping her fulfil her dream.
"I would like to personally thank Mo Marley, Andy Spence and Keith Marley for everything that they have done for me from the age of 10.
"If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't even be playing the game, let alone playing for England."