Aston Villa Women snap up England legend Jill Scott
The 34-year-old midfielder has signed up for the remainder of the Women’s Super League season in a deal that could prove beneficial for both player and club.
Scott, who has 153 caps for the Lionesses, wants more playing time to boost his chances of taking part in the European Championships this summer.
Villa, meanwhile, will be hoping their experience will be invaluable as they seek to quell any lingering fears of relegation and move through the middle of the table.
Carla Ward’s side are ninth after a last-minute win over Leicester last weekend. Villa are believed to have fought off competition from at least three other clubs for Scott’s signature.
Ward said: “When we heard about Jill’s availability it was a no-brainer.
“To have the chance to acquire one of England’s most decorated footballers is a chance we couldn’t turn down.
“Jill will bring so much to this group, not only on the pitch, but I see her having a huge impact as well.
“We have some extremely exciting young talent coming up, so for them to learn from someone of Jill’s stature will be huge.”
Scott said: “I’m really excited. I feel like a child on his first day at school. It’s a fantastic club and when I saw the plans, after speaking for the first time with Carla, I was blown away.
“I don’t expect to show up and play. I know I have to earn my place in the team. I knew that as Christmas approached, a loan would be best for me. I did when I joined Everton last season, so that was really it.
“I still feel like there’s a lot for me to do. Sometimes age is what people identify. I feel better than ever, fitness-wise. I still feel like I can improve and I believe I can do that at Villa.