PEMBROKESHIRE footballer Angharad James has put pen to paper and signed a two-year professional contract with Everton Ladies - and will play for them in the next Women’s Super League (WSL) which starts in September.

The 23-year-old reportedly had offers from Sunderland, Birmingham and Yeovil, as well as teams from France and Iceland, but after talks with Andy Spence, the Everton Ladies manager, has decided to join the ‘Toffees' with immediate effect.

"This opportunity is perfect for me," she told Telegraph Sport.

"It gives me a chance to continue to play professionally for a famous club who are intent on going back to the top of the women’s game. I will do my utmost to help them reach their goals and I can’t wait to get started."

It has certainly been an eventful few months for the central midfielder from Llandissilio.

Back in March, she gained her 50th Welsh cap in the Cyprus Cup, whilst playing regularly for Notts County in the Super League.

However, as the 23-year-old was preparing for the Summer Series with her club in late April, and was on her way to a final training session in preparation for their opening league game against Arsenal two days later, she received a telephone call asking her to turn around and go the club office.

There, the players were shocked by being told the club were being liquidated.

She was told she no longer had a football club and was a free agent, but also she couldn’t sign for anyone else until further notice, because she was an ‘asset’ of the club.

To make matters worse, the 56-cap international was evicted from her club apartment, and was told she wouldn't receive any wages for that month, or the previous one.

After urgent negotiations with the FA, it transpired that a deal was quickly struck that Notts’ five English international players were slotted into other WSL clubs, but this left Angharad without a club to go to, as all had used up their player budgets for the Summer Series League.

The league was well underway when Yeovil, who had struggled and hadn’t won a single point, offered her a month-long contract, so she had an opportunity to play in their final four games. She scored against Sunderland, and in their last match, Angharad helped them gain their only point of the season, a draw at Birmingham City.

And now she has been given the chance of a fresh start at Everton, as she looks to continue to build her club and international career.