It’s Gunner be all White for Ellen as striker leaves Arsenal

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Women’s football star Ellen White has signed for Notts County on a three-year contract after leaving Arsenal.

Aylesbury-born White, 24, spent three seasons with the Gunners winning the Women’s Super League, three WSL Continental Cups and one FA Women’s Cup.

White joined Arsenal at the age of eight, and after spells at Chelsea and Leeds Carnegie, where she was first managed by current Notts County boss Rick Passmoor, she returned to the Gunners following Leeds’ unsuccessful attempt to join the FA Women’s Super League.

White told The Bucks Herald she was looking forward to being reunited with current Magpies boss Passmoor.

She said: “Im looking forward to working with Rick once again and playing at Notts County will be a new challenge, and it is one I am relishing.”

White added it had been a privilege to spend three years at the most successful club in the history of English women’s football.

She said: “I am very grateful for the opportunities I have had at Arsenal.

“It is every young girl’s dream to play for Arsenal because they are the biggest club in the ladies game in this country.

“I am very lucky to have been involved in teams that have won most of the major domestic honours in the game.

“It was a very difficult decision but all my focus now is on Notts County.”

The Magpies, who moved from Lincoln to Meadow Lane following a controversial rebranding, are competing at the top level for the first time.

But White dismissed suggestions it was a backward step. She said: “Some people may say that and they are entitled to their opinion.

“It is good that people are having opinions on the women’s game because it is a sign of how much the profile of the game has improved.”

The former Grange School pupil, from Fairford Leys, currently lives in St Albans but maintains close links with the town. She said: “My parents and a lot of my friends and relatives are from Aylesbury so I do visit them here regularly.

“I am also planning to visit my sister’s family here on Boxing Day.

“I know a lot of people here and I am very proud to say I am from Aylesbury.”