Hibernian’s midfielder Ellis Notely has moved to fellow SWPL 1 side Stirling University on loan until the summer.
In 2016, she was part of the Hibernian Development side that won the SWFL Division One Cup, and she started Hibs’ SSE Scottish Cup Semi-Final win over Hearts.
Hibs’ Head Coach Chris Roberts promoted her to the senior squad at the end of last season and told Tartan Kicks that the terms of the loan deal will see Notely play for Stirling until the mid-season break, and stated that the club would review the deal at that point. The other terms of the deal will see Notely unable to play in Stirling’s matches against Hibernian, and that she would be unable to play any cup games.
“Hopefully I’ll Be Able To Get Regular Game Time”
Ellis Notely stated of the move that she was “looking forward” to playing for Stirling University. She made her debut as a substitute in Stirling’s opening-day defeat to Glasgow City and praised her new team-mates.
“The girls have all been really welcoming and there’s a few familiar faces that I knew, which is good. But everyone has been kind and supportive.”
Of her hopes for the loan deal, she said, “hopefully I’ll be able to get regular game time where I’ll get challenged against the top teams, which will probably help with my development as a player.”
Notely was one of four Hibernian players to represent Scotland Under-19s in the recent La Manga Ten-Nations Tournament. When asked about the competition, she replied, “it was really good. Three tough games against top class opposition, it was also hard but I thought we all did well to get a result against France especially.”
In the game against France, Scotland played with ten players for nearly 90 minutes but still held out to get a goalless draw.
“An Exceptional Talent”
Roberts rates Notely very highly, calling her “an exceptional talent” and believes that she has “got a really big future ahead of her.”
“We’re really pleased to be able to promote her from our development squad, the guys have done a great job helping her develop.”
One of the issues facing Notely at Hibs is the quality of midfielders that have already established themselves in her position – including Lisa Robertson, Lucy Graham, Chelsea Cornet and Rachel Small. And it is this reason why he has agreed to loan her out, saying that whilst Notely deserves her place in their SWPL squad, he felt “that what would benefit her right now is regular game time.”
Stirling University finished fourth in the SWPL 1 last season and Roberts praised their Head Coach Tommy Craig, and stated the club “looks like it will be a great place for her to develop, to get the game time and experience at the Premier League time she needs.”