• Andy Moore

Gilliatt Retires from Football

Derby County Women can confirm the retirement of fans favourite Ellie Gilliatt after today’s victory on the final afternoon of the 2021/22 FAWNL season.

A former player at today’s opponents Sheffield FC Women, as well as stints at clubs including FA Women’s Championship side Sheffield United and East Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest Women, the Ewe Rams forward bows out of the game to spend time with her family.

Gilliatt said “Though I feel I could carry on in the game both physically and mentally, the time has come for me to spend time with my family who have patiently waited for me whilst I’ve continued to play the game I love.

“My family have been an inspiration to me and now is the right time to focus on them and take the next phase in my life and though I’ll miss football, I’m so ready to spend valuable time with them.

“I’ve always given this game 110% and I hope the fans at all the clubs I have played for believe I gave my very best for them. I always tried to drive standards and never expected anything of anyone that I wouldn’t do myself.

“The women’s game is so much more advanced now and I’m looking forward to watching from afar now and seeing it continue to develop and I truly hope that more and more youngsters come into the game, and I’ve seen the recent explosion of interest first hand at Derby.

“I came to Derby County Women and experienced a different side of the game, playing further forward on the pitch and to play under Boss Sam Griffiths and Assistant Jenny Simpson, I can’t thank them enough for having the confidence in allowing me to develop my game, even as an experienced player.

“I’ll always have a lot of time for the Ewe Rams, to my teammates, it's been a privilege to share a pitch with you, to everyone behind the scenes that make the club run, you have given me so much support and friendship and I really do hope for the best as you deserve it.

“Over my time at Derby County Women, I got to see first-hand the development of youngsters at the incredible Academy and the support they have shown on match days has been fantastic.

"Finally, but most importantly, to all the fans at the club I can’t thank you enough, it's been an honour to play for the Ewe Rams and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it but now is the time for me to spend time with my family and give them that 110% I gave on the pitch."

Ewe Rams Boss Sam Griffiths paid her own tribute to the retiring Gilliatt and praised her dedication and the standards she set for herself and her teammates.

Griffiths said "Over the years I have played, with Ellie, against Ellie and finally managed Ellie. I have seen her grow as a player and more importantly as a person over the past couple of seasons.

"For those that know Ellie personally the decision she has taken to retire I completely respect and shows how much she has grown as person. Her footballing ability I’m sure everyone will agree is to be absolutely admired, her passion, drive and professionalism on and off the pitch is something the next generation can take a lot from.

"We all know she is probably still in her prime and has so much more to give to the game but it’s now time for her to concentrate on the most important things in life, and I would like to wish Ellie, Soph and Macy all the very best for the future and you never know we might see a new little ram in a few years."

Thank You Ellie!

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