Toni Duggan has re-signed with Everton, eight years after leaving the club. She left the club in 2013 for Manchester City. After a spell at Manchester City, she joined Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. Now she is back to England in a bid to get into the national side, she has joined her first professional club.
“To be back here now, it’s an amazing feeling. As soon as I knew I could return to Everton, I was coming back.” Toni Duggan said after returning to Everton. “It’s so important for the club, the team, the manager. It’s everyone’s objective. When I met with Everton, they stated they wanted Champions League football. For me personally, I’ve played Champions League football right throughout my career.”
“I’ve always been part of it and it’s the pinnacle of a player’s career. I want that. I’m ambitious about it.” she added. “It would be a dream come true if I can get Everton back in the Champions League. That’s where this club belongs and I know we can achieve it. I’m here now, I’m back in blue and hopefully, I can give back to the club what they gave me.”
Duggan lifted the FA Women’s Premier League Cup with Everton in 2007/08. She scored a crucial extra-time goal against Watford in the semifinals. She also won the FA Women’s Cup in 2010, beating Arsenal in the final.
“It’s an exciting signing for us. Toni is a big personality, a big-game player.” Everton Women manager Willie Kirk said. “She has accumulated a lot of valuable experience since leaving Everton in 2013. Having played for three of the biggest clubs across Europe with Manchester City, Barcelona, and Atletico Madrid, she will put that experience to good use with us.”