Brighton Women sign England U-20 striker Ellie Brazil

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Brighton & Hove Albion have completed the signing of England U-20 international striker Ellie Brazil on a one-year contract.

The 19-year-old signs for the Seagulls after spending last season at Serie A club Fiorentina, where she made 17 appearances.

Albion first-team manager Hope Powell told the club’s website; “After tracking Ellie’s progress for quite some time, we’re delighted to welcome her to the club and it’s an exciting move for both parties.

“For somebody of Ellie’s age, she’s already gained valuable experience playing in both England and Italy’s top divisions – and this will certainly serve her well for the future.

“She’ll add to the competition already in our squad and I’m really looking forward to working with her during the upcoming season.”

Brazil came through the youth system at Derby County before sealing a move to Birmingham at just 16 years of age.

The forward has represented her country at various levels, including the U-15, U-17, U-19 and U-20 age groups, and was part of the England squad that came third at the 2016 UEFA Women’s U-17 Championship.