Hats off to new faces for Burnley FC Women

The Clarets have brought in Everton pair Aimee Kelly and Lucy Walsh, as well as former Blackburn Rovers midfielder Tanisha Newton.

Born in Merseyside, striker Kelly represented her county in football and athletics before joining the Toffees academy at under-16 level after a stint at Liverpool from the age of 10.

Kelly said: “The way Burnley are developing on the women’s side of the game, people are putting a lot into it.

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“The club is going in the right direction with a new manager and a fresh start, and that’s what made me come here.”

Kelly made her first-team debut during her time with the Blues, coming off the bench in an FA Women’s League Cup draw against Jonathan Morgan’s Leicester City Women.

Walsh has also been at Everton’s academy since he was seven years old.

Also representing the Greater Manchester County Schools Football Association, defender Walsh won the Under-16 league title with Everton in 2018 and is joining forces with Burnley to seek first-team football and a new challenge.

She said: “Fans can expect motivation from me. I’m still young and I know I have a bit to prove, but there’s no pressure behind it.

“I’m going to prove myself on the pitch, that’s what I want to do here and I’m determined to do it.

“It’s a new challenge for me and I’m ready to take it on to become a better player.”

And to complete the trio, midfielder Newton – known as “Lou Lou” – joins the club from her hometown.

Born in Burnley and a Clarets supporter, the 16-year-old is no stranger to Turf Moor after winning a schools final competition held on the pitch during her time at Padiham Primary School.

Newton represented Lancashire at county level while enjoying two separate spells with Blackburn Rovers Women, separated by a spell at the Manchester United academy.

The midfielder added: “Hopefully when I’m on the pitch I can show what I can do with the ball at my feet.

“I’m a player who likes to take on people, and I’m still very young, so I’m looking forward to learning from those in the group who have more experience.”

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