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A whole host of players have agreed contract extensions with Everton ahead of the 2016 season.
Michelle Hinnigan, Claudia Walker, Gabby George, Simone Magill, Ellie Stewart, Vicky Jones, Kelly Jones, Channy Boye-Hlorkah, Emily Hollinshead and Kirsty Levell have all signed new deals with the Blues.
England Under-19 international George puts pen to paper following an outstanding campaign for the Toffees which seen her named Players' Player of the Season and Young Player of the Season. Meanwhile, forward Magill was voted Player of the Year and both Hinnigan and Stewart picked up accolades for Top Goalscorer and Goal of the Season.
More good news is that youngster Megan Finnigan has signed a pre-agreement which will come into force on her 18th birthday and Lauren Davies will also be part of the first 2016 team squad.
The announcement of key players committing their future to Everton Ladies follows the news of Andy Spence's return as Toffees boss. Spence is delighted with the number of players that have chosen to stay and fight for Everton.
He said: "We are delighted that we have secured the signatures of many of the players from last season as these are very much the players we feel can drive our team forward so to get them to commit to what we will be working towards over the coming years is brilliant.
"Equally pleasing is the process individually and collectively we have gone through with the players regarding the way we will be working this season and to be able to look players in the eyes and know that they are fully committed to improving themselves but most importantly this group of players and with some additions will be a team who have our teams interest at heart and will do everything to make our team better.
"It is always great to see again within these signings so many of our former Centre of Excellence players on board and representing brilliantly what we do here at Everton.
"Seeing Kirstie Levell signing her first senior contract and Megan Finnigan to do likewise on her 18th birthday are always special moments. With Ellie Stewart, Chaney Boye Hlorkah, Danielle Turner, and our Captain Michelle Hinnigan with us again our young players at the Club know that we do offer genuine pathways to senior football and will always continue to do this."
Dan Turner and Millie Turner both have one year remaining on their contracts, while goalkeeper Megan Walsh has left the club to join WSL1 side Notts County.
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