Island duo sign for Women's Super League side
ISLAND teenagers Megan Wood and Ella Brennand will take a huge step towards becoming professional footballers next season, after signing for Women’s Super League side Yeovil Town Ladies FC.
The pair will move to Somerset on college scholarships in September after impressing in recent trials with the top-flight club, and could be fast-tracked into the senior set-up if they prove their potential in academy league fixtures against the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal.
Yeovil were recently welcomed into WSL 1 – the top level of women’s football in England – and will turn fully professional for 2018/19 under new and improved terms agreed with the FA.
‘Obviously it’s a big jump from only training twice a week in Jersey,’ said Wood (17). ‘But as someone who just wants to play football all the time it’s pretty exciting.
‘It’s a dream to play with and against players I’ve grown up watching – that’s the main goal. The senior coaches will be having a look at the new players in training and over the course of a few months they will decide if we should stay in the development team or step up to the senior squad.’
Thanks to Yeovil’s new professional status, Wood and Brennand will benefit from at least 20 hours of training a week while they attend Bridgewater & Taunton College, who have an elite player pathway with the Super League outfit.
‘Twenty hours a week is mad, so we’ll be making the most of it,’ said Brennand (19).
‘It’s a massive step for us, and quite unexpected to be honest. It came out of nowhere. We got a message in December about a game against Southampton on 6 January, but we thought it would just be a one-off game. We didn’t think wed get invited back for trials, but now all of a sudden we’re moving to Yeovil.’
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