Scottish Women’s Premier League champions Glasgow City have announced the signing of American defender Ella Stephen, after she left Russian outfit FC Ryazan.
The 24-year-old has played for the US national team at all youth levels from Under 17, Under 20 and most recently at Under 23, spending four years Florida State University, before playing for W League side Pali-Blues and then making her way to FC Ryazan.
Speaking after she signed for the Glasgow side, Stephan said: “I am very excited about the opportunity to play for the Scottish team, Glasgow FC. I have heard many great things about this team, and I look forward to being a part of this organisation.”
Glasgow City General Manager, Laura Montgomery added: “It is a fantastic piece of business for our club to have signed a player like Ella and I think highlights not only how ambitious we are as a club to keep pushing forward, but also how we can attract players of Ella’s capability to play for Glasgow City. Ella has spent her career so far in teams containing the likes of Alex Morgan, Kelly O’Hara, Lauren Chaney, Tobin Heath and Casey Noguiera both at international and club level and we look forward to benefiting from that level of experience at City. We had a very successful year this season, but we are already planning on how we surpass this for 2014 and having Ella on board will certainly help.”
City Head Coach Eddie Wolecki Black continued: “This post season I have had a little longer to target specific areas of the team I believe needed improved. Of course some players will look for new challenges abroad and some I had to make the difficult decision to let go, which in certain cases might have been surprising for those outside the club. This year I am determined to work with a tighter group of players and a more focused group. Knowing that we have to fill a few defensive positions in the team I am delighted that Ella has joined us for the season. She comes highly recommended and will be here for the start of the pre-season. I am looking forward to working with her and wish her well.”
The signing of Stephan comes on the back of the SWPL side re-signing Irish international Denise O’Sullivan and bidding farewell to striker Suzanne Mulvey who has announced that she is joining SWPL rivals Rangers.
A number of other first team regulars have yet to declare their intentions to stay at the club, while some fringe players could see their time at the club come to a halt as Eddie Wolecki Black looks to freshen up his side ahead of the new campaign.