SCOTLAND star Chloe Arthur admits she can't wait to return to action, after completing a move to Women's Super League side Aston Villa.

The 25-year-old midfielder, from Erskine, has signed for the newly-promoted club ahead of the 2020/21 season, after the 2019/20 campaign was curtailed by the coronavirus pandemic.

And former Birmingham City ace Arthur reckons there are exciting times ahead as she looks forward to a "fresh start."

She said: "The main aim for me is to enjoy football. You often go through low patches, so having a new start and a new challenge is going to allow me to enjoy myself.

"I want to score more goals than I have done in previous seasons – that’s always a target for me.

“Being part of an exciting team, I think I’ll be able to accomplish my goals here.”

Arthur, who has won 21 caps for Scotland and was part of the squad that competed at last year's Women's World Cup in France, spent the past two seasons at Birmingham City.

She started 12 of City's 13 league games in the shortened 2019/20 campaign as they finished in 11th place – one point above the relegation zone.

Arthur has also spent time with Celtic, Hibernian and Bristol City during her impressive career.

And she is confident Villa can make a positive impression as the club steps up to the Women's Super League.

"It’s good to finally be here after lockdown and it feels real now that I’m putting pen to paper,” said Arthur.

"A standout factor was the professionalism and ambition of the club and the people they have in place to really drive them forward.

“That excited me and made me want to be here and have a fresh start at a new club.”

Villa manager Gemma Davies is expecting Arthur to be a strong addition to her squad.

She said: “Chloe is a current Scottish international who also has an abundance of Super League experience, having played at Birmingham and Bristol City.

“Chloe is a very technical player, with a fantastic ability to weave the ball out of tight spaces under pressure and play into bigger areas.

“I feel that there is so much more to come from Chloe, as she has a huge amount of talent, and I’m really excited to see how she continues to develop in a Villa shirt.”

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