Leonie Maier signs for Everton (picture by way of Everton)
Leonie Maier has signed a two-year take care of Everton after she was launched by Arsenal on the finish of her contract.
The German defender signed for Arsenal in May, 2019. Taking to Instagram to announce her departure in May, Maier wrote, “Thank you for the whole lot and for an unforgettable time!
“I’ll go away Arsenal. I’m grateful and joyful that I used to be a part of this wonderful membership. I’ve had a very good time and have met so many nice folks and it was a pleasure to work with so many proficient gamers. And additionally a giant thanks to the coaches, the workers and the followers who at all times backed us it doesn’t matter what.
“I want the entire crew all the perfect for the long run and I gonna miss you however all the good reminiscences will at all times keep in my thoughts ❤️[email protected] 🔴⚪️”
Maier, a right-back, made 12 appearances for Arsenal final season within the FA WSL, together with six begins. She made 13 league appearances in her first season with the identical variety of begins.
“I’m actually joyful to affix this Club,” Maier instructed evertontv. “Everton is a giant membership with loads of historical past.
“I’m actually trying ahead to with the ability to play for this membership, taking part in with my new teammates and dealing with the workers.
“It was time to expertise one thing new. I used to be very impressed by Everton with how they play soccer.
“I’m a participant who likes to play soccer, to play in possession and to assault. I really feel Everton are taking part in that type of soccer.
“I believe we have now an excellent crew and, along with the brand new signings, I believe we are able to obtain one thing.
“I had dialog with Willie [Kirk]. He satisfied me along with his concept of taking part in soccer,” she added.
Leonie Maier 20 Arsenal through the Vitality Womens FA Cup fifth spherical match between Arsenal and Crystal Palace at Meadow Park, Borehamwood, England. WFAC – Arsenal and Crystal Palace
“He’s very bold which I like. He brings profitable mentality. I’m a participant who at all times desires to win. Since I began taking part in soccer, I hated to lose. It doesn’t matter if it’s in coaching or in a sport, I at all times wish to win.
“That’s how I used to be rising up. I’ve a profitable mentality deep inside me.
“If you wish to obtain one thing, you want that sort of mentality.
“That’s the rationale why I’m right here. The complete crew want to obtain one thing.”
Everton Women Sporting and Commercial Director, Sarvar Ismailov, added: “I’m delighted to welcome Leonie to Everton.
“She is one other proficient addition to our squad which is able to enhance our again 4 even additional. We are strengthening in each place and Leonie will play a large function subsequent season. Welcome to the Toffees, Leonie.
Manager Willie Kirk says is happy to be including a participant of Maier’s expertise to his squad.
“It’s an excellent signing for us,” he instructed evertonfc.com. “We misplaced Ingrid Moe Wold final season after she retired which was a blow.
“It was essential that we discovered a substitute who gave us comparable attributes.
“Leo is someone who is nice on the ball, not solely good defensively however who may make ultimate third entries and provides us deliveries.
“She is a participant who’s skilled at worldwide degree and has gained trophies prior to now.
“Leo ticks all these packing containers and extra.
“An Olympic gold and a Euros winners’ medal in her again pocket, these experiences are going to be essential to us by way of our pursuit of silverware.
“She brings loads of actual essential attributes by way of on the pitch but additionally that have.
“I’m trying ahead to working along with her.”
Arsenal should not anticipated to signal one other right-back to interchange Maier.