Everton Women expert laments exits of Danielle Turner and Simone Magill
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Everton Women expert Peter MacFarlane has paid tribute to two major departures from the squad this summer in Danielle Turner and Simon Magill.
With the end of June passing and contracts coming to an end it is a period of significant upheaval for the Toffees, and the playing staff has lost some valuable members as new boss Brian Sorensen looks to pick the team up from a disappointing season.
MacFarlane believes that the Dane has a big job to do in light of a slew of exits, and has focused in particular on the pair of long-serving former youth team players who is sad to see go.
Speaking exclusively to Goodison News MacFarlane said: “The summer is always tough for supporters of FAWSL clubs and this season is no different, with a number of Everton players having left the club.
“Fan-favourite Simone Magill, club captain Dan Turner, England youth international Poppy Pattinson, and Scotland’s Claire Emslie have all now left the Toffees at the conclusion of their contracts.
“Sandy MacIver joined Manchester City this week for an undisclosed fee, and another England youth international Grace Clinton announced she was leaving, with her likely destination being Manchester United.
“It’s a turbulent time for our new manager Brian Sorensen with plenty of work to do to get the squad in a position to kick on in the upcoming season, but I’m sure there will be plenty of incomings in the coming weeks.
“Two of the biggest losses for the Toffees have to be Simone Magill and Danielle Turner.
“Both Simone and Dan felt like part of the furniture at Everton, having made their way up through the youth side to the first team, and represented our club with honour.
“Both players epitomise everything that you would want to see in an Everton player, with their passion, fight, determination and love for the club, which is something that can’t be taught.
“Everyone in our supporters club is so grateful to them for their fine service over the years and we wish them the best of luck.
“They will be sorely, sorely missed.“
The emotion that captain Turner showed in speaking to the club about her exit shows what a loss she will be after such a long time in the back line.
Both the 30-year-old and Magill, 27, who has since signed for Aston Villa, shared messages of support for each other on social media as their exits were announced, demonstrating a bond that is hard to replicate.
It is the beginning of a new era in more ways than one this summer, under a new coach and with such stalwarts moving on, and fans will hope that the right additions can be made for Sorensen’s plans to take hold.