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Aston Villa Women sign Lionesses’ Euros winner Daly

Villa Women have signed European champion and England international Rachel Daly on a three-year contract.

England's Rachel Daly, Ellen White and Millie Bright celebrate winning the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 final
England's Rachel Daly, Ellen White and Millie Bright celebrate winning the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 final

The versatile Lioness played left-back in Sarina Wiegman’s Euro 2022-winning side but can also play higher up the pitch, with Villa manager Carla Ward intending to use her talents up front.

Harrogate-born Daly, 30, makes her return to England after playing for the Houston Dash in America’s NWSL, with previous spells at Leeds, Lincoln Ladies and West Ham.

Ward said: “This is a big signing for us and one we’ve worked hard on completing. Rachel is a top forward and a proven goalscorer.

“Having performed admirably at full-back this summer, she showed us that she is a player you simply need in your team. But for us, she is a forward and we can’t wait to see her scoring goals.”

Daly said joining Villa was a ‘big decision’ after a long period in the US, stating: “I’ve been away from home now for 10 years and for me family is an important thing.

“I had a tough year with family and being away from them so it was a big decision to come home and I spoke to a few clubs along the journey and it felt right to sign for Villa.

“The journey that the club is on is one that I want to be part of.”

Asked how excited she was ahead of the new Women’s Super League season, Daly said: “Massively, I think women’s football in England now is taking off, as it should do, albeit taking a little but longer than it should have.

“But it’s in a great place and I’m excited for it.”

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