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Aston Villa Women: Emma Follis rejoins from Birmingham City

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Aston Villa Women: Emma Follis rejoins from Birmingham City

Aston Villa Women are delighted to announce the return of Emma Follis after signing the midfielder from Birmingham City. 

Emma spent 14 years at Villa after joining at the age of nine, coming through the youth ranks and making over 80 appearances before leaving to join Reading in 2015. 

In addition to her Super League experience with the Royals and Blues, Follis has played at the top level in America and her signing is a major coup for the club.  

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She said: “Aston Villa is my childhood club, so I’m thrilled to be back. When the opportunity presented itself, I was ecstatic.  

“Good words have been filtering around about the club in women’s football and Villa is going in the right direction. 

Christian Purslow has been fantastic in supporting us and that was one of the main reasons I made the switch. Hopefully we can get promoted and become a prolific team in the Super League.” 

Follis, 27, who plied her trade at Seattle Reign in the States, enjoyed a successful spell with Reading after leaving Villa, scoring 19 goals in 39 appearances over two seasons. 

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She went onto join Birmingham in 2017, making 33 league appearances and scoring three times.  

The homegrown talent is Villa’s third acquisition from Blues this summer, following the signings of Marisa Ewers and Shania Hayles, and Head Coach Gemma Davies is delighted to have her back.  

She said: “Emma is a player who I’ve known for a long time and she’s someone who will make a tremendous impact on our team.  

“She could have stayed and played in the Super League this season but she wanted to come back and help the club she supports to achieve big things in the women’s game.” 

See Follis and Aston Villa Women in action during the 2019/20 season by becoming a Season Ticket Holder here.

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By @GregStyles91 1st August 2019