The England icon was on loan from Manchester City earlier this month, but doesn’t expect to enter the squad as they target a berth at the Olympics.
Jill Scott says it would be “disrespectful” to say she joined Everton on loan from Manchester City just for playing time.
The England icon, who is the second most capped Lioness player of all time after Fara Williams, had started just two Women’s Super League games for City this season, despite being a regular every year since his arrival in 2014.
Heading into the Summer Olympics, Scott joined the Toffees on loan last week – a club she knows well having represented them for seven years before moving to Manchester – but as she believes the movement “should probably continue [her] in the framework ”for Team GB, she does not expect to receive only minutes.
“I don’t want to be disrespectful and say, ‘I’m coming here to save time,’ because it’s going to be tough, ‘Scott said. “There are a lot of top players here: Izzy Christiansen, Claire Emslie, I could go on. The training has been tough and I know I’m going to have to be on top of my game to fight for a place here.
“I appreciate that and that’s the main thing, I’m just ready to hang my head. I guess what will be, will be with the Olympics. It’s going to be so difficult to get into this team.
“I still feel like I have a lot to give and I still believe in myself and I hope this decision reflects that.
“It’s definitely the right decision for me right now. If I was not to be selected for the Olympics, or if they weren’t going to move forward, then at least I know I tried.
“Maybe it would have been easier for me to stay in City, in my comfort zone, to go there every day, but it shows that I still have the drive and determination that I want to push myself. – I really do. I’ll be 34 next week, but honestly I still have the same amount of motivation and energy as I did 21, so I just want to make the most of it.
“Whatever happens – yes it is [Olympics] the end goal – but I still have things I want to accomplish now and those goals will be with Everton.
The loan transfer also seals an emotional return to his former club. Scott was part of Everton’s squad that won the FA Women’s Premier League Cup in 2008 and also helped them seal four successive second-place finishes in the former FA Women’s Premier League domestic division between 2007 and 2010 , at a time when Arsenal dominated the game.
The England international even remembers coaching striker Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah last year, with the 25-year-old then going through Everton’s youth squad.
“She was probably only 11 or 12,” Scott recalls, being only 19 herself when she joined the Toffees in 2006.
“Now to see her play for the first team and be able to have those dreams and aspirations that come true. When I was here for the first time, we had always dreamed of being a professional footballer, but it wasn’t even a thing.
“It’s really special to be back here, to see how far the club has progressed and how well the girls are doing in the league, qualifying for the FA Cup final. I am sure they can continue to be successful.
“When I walk in, it’s like I’ve never been away, to be honest. It’s been 15 years since I first signed here and thinking about the trip that has happened since, it’s been pretty amazing.
“One of the biggest changes is that I’m here at 10 in the morning and not at 10 in the evening. I think that shows how far women’s football has come and it’s probably a pretty good analogy.