Derby County Ladies Football Club

Sought after Gilliatt Joins as Ewe Rams Show Intent

Derby County Ladies FC are delighted to announce the signing of former Sheffield United left sided player Ellie Gilliatt.

Gilliatt, who captained the Blades last season, represents manager, Sam Griffiths first signing of the summer and according to the Ewe Rams boss, the signing hopefully puts down a marker in terms of early intent for the forthcoming season. 

“Ellie is a player that I have long admired and there was understandably a considerable amount of interest in her, when she announced her recent decision to leave Sheffield United.

“For me there are very few players within the Championship who bring as much to the table in terms of ability, consistency and standards, and we believe that she will not only compliment our group, but act as a catalyst in terms of allowing us to strengthen it further.

“We basically listened to Ellie in terms of where she was at and then said ‘this is us, this is our vision and this is where we see you fitting into that’. We’ve then allowed Ellie time to reflect on things and are delighted that she has subsequently come back to us with a positive answer.

Former Sheffield FC Ladies star Gilliatt (30) is pleased to be joining the Ewe Rams, at what she feels is an exciting period in the clubs history. “As a club Derby County tick a lot of boxes for me. I’ve known Sam for a number of years and have a lot of respect for her, as both a player and now a manager.

“In her first season in the latter role, she put together a squad that competed at the top end of the table and will hopefully be able to build on that going forwards.

“Off the field the club have a hugely impressive infrastructure, which sees them recognised year after year at the annual FA awards. This has clearly contributed to them becoming an integral part of the overall club, training at the main clubs training complex and playing some of their fixtures at Pride Park stadium. 

Whilst there were a number of attractive options available to me, this feels like the right move at this point in my career.”