A TALENTED young footballer from south Sefton says she wants to become “the best goalkeeper in the world” after she was signed by Women’s Super League side Manchester City.
Ellie Fagan, 11, has always had a passion for the sport and told the Champion her love of goalkeeping comes from being the last line of defence against conceding a goal.
Her obvious talents between the sticks were spotted by scouts from the blue side of Manchester and she was asked to sign for the youth team, despite interest from Liverpool and Manchester United.
Manchester City finished second in last season’s Women’s Super League, so Ellie can now look forward to some of the best coaching in the country.
The youngster, who attends St John Bosco Catholic Primary School, in Maghull, and will move to Litherland High School in September, can’t wait to get started with City.
She said: “I’ve always played football since I can remember and it’s always been a part of my life.
“I have just grown up with football around me and I love winning. Football is a whole different world of its own like no other constant competition, which drives me on to always want to improve.
“The first team I started playing for was The Fillies GFC when I was about seven but this season i played for Crosby Stewart, Liverpool Feds and Sefton Girls.
“Everyone always says you have to be crazy to be a goalkeeper, so maybe I am! I always like the idea of being the last line of defence preventing the other team from scoring when I was younger which just grew from there and made me want to become a goalkeeper.
“My hopes for the future are to continue progressing to become the best goalkeeper in the world.
“I want to make my professional debut, represent England and win all the major honours available to me especially the Champions League and World Cup.”