Welton Worth the Wait
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Saturday, 30 March 2013 21:50

The club are delighted to confirm the signing of American Born Goalkeeper Ellie Welton to the SWPL side after a protracted wait for International Clearance.

Studying at nearby St Andrews University, and playing a major role in helping the Universities Women’s side to victory in the 2013 Conference Cup earlier this month, Ellie started training with the SWPL side in the opening weeks of pre-season. Having agreed to join, Ellie had to endure a protracted period of time on the side lines whilst clearance was sought. “It’s been really frustrating” admits Ellie, “particularly being involved during the pre-season period but being illegible to play in competitive matches”.

Born in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, but also holding British Nationality, Ellie started her career at the age of nine in Germany after her father’s military posting saw the family relocate. Playing for Spvgg Warmbronn near Stuttgart, Ellie was a regular in her School side and U.S Olympic Development Program (ODP). Ellie was also selected for the Department of Defence Dependent School’s All Europe 1st team in 2010 – a selection made of pupils attending one of a network of schools set up throughout Europe for the dependents of serving United States military. Unfortunately an ACL injury saw her miss out on the 2011 selection, however was sufficiently recovered to take a place in the 2012 secondary selection.

Having moved to Scotland in the summer of 2012, Ellie quickly took a place in the St Andrews University side and Ellie admits that doing so has been to her advantage. “It’s been a great way to get introduced to Scottish Football and it also means I’m lucky enough to get lots of extra practice and game time. I really love playing with the University side and it’s a real confidence booster.” Ellie’s time at St Andrews has of course allowed her to be introduced to another of the countries more interesting aspects – the weather! “Well it’s certainly a bit different from what I was use to in Germany – and although I’ve played in Snow before the rain and windy conditions we’ve seen lately have been something new all together!”

“I’ve really enjoyed training as its been at an intensity level that’s been demanding but also really enjoyable. Everyone has been so friendly and it’s really helped me settle in”.

Commenting on Ellie’s arrival, assistant coach Kevin Candy commented “As much as it’s been frustrating for us waiting for Ellie’s clearance to come through, I’d imagine it’s been more for Ellie herself. So she deserves a lot of credit for not letting it skew her focus in training. We must thank Ellie's parents also for making a few calls over in Germany to finally get the wheels moving!”

“Both Ellie and Kate (Williamson) have been really working their socks off with Scott Knox our goalkeeping coach and thanks to their hard work we know that whomever is in possession of the starting jersey will do a great job for us.”

“Ellie has been chomping at the bit for a few weeks now, whilst Kate has really grown and stepped up to the plate since the start of the season and deserves massive credit for doing so”

Both Goalkeepers are included for tomorrow’s SWPL match against Glasgow City – a 2pm Kick off at Petershill Park in Glasgow.

Last Updated on Saturday, 30 March 2013 21:56