Albion sign England U23 midfielder

Brighton & Hove Albion have agreed to sign England under-23 international midfielder Jodie Brett from Everton on undisclosed terms.

The 22-year-old becomes the third women’s team signing of the summer, and joins on a one-year deal.

Albion first-team manager Hope Powell said, “We are delighted to bring Jodie into the club.

“She has already gained some valuable experience having featured for both Chelsea and Everton in the top flight, and will add to our existing midfield options in the squad.

“I’m very much looking forward to working with her in the upcoming season.”

Brett began her career at Chelsea after joining the club at the age of nine, and was in the squad which won the FA WSL 1 title and the FA Women’s Cup in 2015.

The midfielder went on loan to Bristol City for the 2016 season and was part of the Robins’ promotion-winning squad, before moving to Everton last year.

Brett has also represented England up to under-23 level, and captained the under-19 side that played in the 2015 European Championships, where she was named in the Squad of the Tournament.

Jodie Brett explained that the influence of both Hope Powell and Amy Merricks were crucial in her decision to join the club.

The 22-year-old has arrived on a one-year deal and feels the Seagulls coaching duo can help to advance her game.

She said, “I feel that Hope and Amy are really going to push me on to get me to where I want to be.

“Hope has also got a lot of experience in developing players and I am sure that I can progress here under her guidance.

“What also appealed about the club is that it’s a really good family environment and Brighton do a lot in the community too.

“I felt so welcome when I came down.”

Brett will link up with a number of familiar faces when she arrives at the club following her time at Chelsea, and she already got a good feel of the place before signing on the dotted line.

“I’ve played with Danni [Buet], Laura Rafferty, Jenna Legg and Marie Hourihan. I know a few of the girls already, so it’s nice to have a few familiar faces in the environment.

“I spoke to a few of them about the club, and it’s good to have some people already in the camp who can give you a feel of what it’s like day to day.

“They all said that I would be happy here.”

The midfielder also highlighted the qualities she can bring to the team and believes the team can relish their underdog tag playing in FA WSL 1.

“I’m looking to develop my individual game, but I think I can bring creativity to the team and maybe something a little bit different to what they’ve had before. I am excited to get started.

“Brighton are a new club in FA WSL 1, they’ve got some experience in FA WSL 2 under their belts and we’ll be the underdogs, which is not a bad thing.

“I am looking to learn off some of the players here and kick on to the next level.”

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