Everton Women have completed the signing of their former player Jill Scott from Manchester City until the end of the season. The 33-year-old has made the move back to Merseyside in order to get regular first-team football ahead of the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer.

Scott spent seven years at Everton before her move to Manchester City in 2013 and this move represents another marquee piece of business for the Blues.

The experienced midfielder has 149 caps for her country and has won three WSL Titles at Manchester City.

Scott’s move has unsurprisingly caused plenty of excitement at Everton with the hope she can bring the winning mentality to turn this ambitious side into genuine European challengers.

However, the motivation behind her move already looks under threat.

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Scott’s desire to play for Great Britain at the Olympic Games in Japan is clearly a major factor in her move back to Merseyside.

However, as exclusively reported by The Times, Japan is privately admitting that the games this summer will need to be cancelled.

The impact of Covid-19 has simply left it untenable for the games to go ahead and Scott, along with thousands of other potential Olympians, could be set for disappointment.

Since the report, there have been several denials and rebuttals but it is clear that there is a growing sense of trepidation about the Olympics going ahead, especially with Covid currently so rife yet again worldwide.

Everton fans will be pleased that Scott is back at the club. However, regarding her Olympic dream, the Merseyside return may prove erroneous.