We are delighted to announce that Ellie Wilson and Alisha Dejonge have committed their immediate futures to Grimsby Town Women, following interest and an approach for them to join FA Women's National League club Lincoln City.
Ellie turns 17 in just a few weeks, and was one of many shining young stars in manager Dale Houlston's team last season. We caught up with Ellie who told us: "I am happy to be staying at Grimsby because it is my home-town club, and what they are doing in women's football is brilliant. There is a great group of players here and last season was amazing. The club wants to push for promotion again and I hope I can help them to do this. I was flattered that a Women's National League club was interested in me, but I am a Grimsby Town player and this is where I want to be. I want to be a part of getting Grimsby Town to the Women's National League".
Alisha,23, was also very influential in the Mariners first season, notably for her attacking threat and goals. On remaining at Town Alisha said: “I was shocked when the gaffer told me that Lincoln City was about to approach me, and I am very grateful to them for showing an interest in me and I wish them all the best there for next season. I am very happy at Grimsby though, and I didn't even think about leaving. I know Lincoln are a very good club and have very talented players, but I haven’t really finished a season yet at Grimsby yet because of COVID, and so we have unfinished business here. I love the club and all of the coaches and players; we've all worked so hard, so at the moment my loyalty is with Grimsby. The only real consideration for me was that I live in Lincoln and so travelling would have been a lot easier. But I talked things through with Dale and took into consideration what he had to say and I am excited about the new season and playing at a higher level”.
After hearing the news, Dale Houlston added: "Yes extremely pleasing to learn that both Alisha and Ellie have decided to stay with us. Ellie is one of a number of very young promising footballers at Grimsby, and she was a massive part of the success in our first season. She is extremely excited to watch as an attacking player and we know that there is even more positive development to come from Ellie, and I genuinely think that she is in the right place to develop. Alisha is much the same, she did brilliantly for us last season and she is a huge part of the group, not just as a player but also for what she brings to the team socially. I think she feels very much at home at Grimsby in what is a supergroup of people. It's testament to what we are trying to achieve here isn’t it, when players make great decisions like this to remain focused on our journey when it would have been very tempting to have your head turned by a Women's National League club".
"I am not surprised in the slightest that other clubs have shown interest in our players. I am not upset about it and if anything I think it reinforces that Grimsby Town Football Club are doing great things in our approach to women's football.”
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