Almost ever-present this season, Lucy Hope has committed her future to Everton by signing a new two-year contract until the end of June 2025.
The 26-year-old midfielder has been a revelation for Brian Sorensen’s side this season, adapting to a new position at right-wing back and missing only one league match due to injury.
A leader on and off the pitch, Hope has become a senior figure in the Everton squad and is part of manager Sorensen’s captain’s group.
“I’m absolutely delighted to extend my stay,” the Scotland international told evertontv.
“Brian came up to me quite early this season and was keen to have me stay. I think as a player that is obviously encouraging. To put pen to paper now, I’m just ready to get the next chapter going.”
“Brian’s introduced me to a new position that I feel like I’ve been doing well in.
“He’s obviously seen something in my game that I had the attributes to play in that position. I’m playing really well and I want to continue that.”
Manager Sorensen told evertonfc.com: “Lucy has been vital for what we want to achieve,” he told evertonfc.com.
“She’s been so consistent – probably our most consistent player alongside Gabby George – and been really good at adapting to a new position.
“It’s something I identified before I came in. Her heading is extremely good, she’s comfortable on the ball.
“Looking at her attributes and thinking how that could fit in the way that we wanted to play, it made sense for her to play there.”