Katy Moran is to leave Aston Villa Ladies after eight years at the club as she weighs up her next move in football.
The 27-year-old has been a major part of the club since she joined in 2010, winning the Northern Premier League, County Cup and the FA Women’s Premier League Cup.
Moran, who was made club captain in 2016, has battled injuries over the past year, and she’s feels the time is right to move on.
She said: “I would like to thank all past and present management and players for everything they have done for me, the club for sticking by me through my injuries and the medical staff that have helped piece me back together over the years.
“I’ve got great memories at the club and looking back I haven’t had a bad spell to be honest. I’ve always been fortunate to be in teams that have been able to compete.
“I’ve always had really good players around me. When I first joined, there were a lot of girls that had been there for five or six years and their experience really rubbed off on me. I’ve been really fortunate to be surrounded by great people and players.”
Moran represented Aston Villa with distinction, racking up 146 appearances in all competitions – including a 5-4 penalty shootout win against Leeds to help the club win the League Cup in 2013.
The midfielder believes Villa are in good hands moving forward, saying that new head coach Gemma Davies has plenty of talent to work with.
She said: “It’s a bright future for Villa. I’m in and around the players now and some of them are only 16, 17 and it’s frightening to think I was in their shoes 12 years ago.
“They’ve got so much ahead of them. They’ve just got to grasp everything that comes their way. This season is a fresh start for them and they’ll get plenty of chances with the new coaching staff, who are putting a lot of energy into the younger players. I’ve got no doubt they’ll do well.”
Everyone at Aston Villa Football Club would like to thank Katy Moran for her passion, commitment and immense contribution to the club and we wish her all the best for the future.