Karen Bardsley of Manchester City Women Arsenal Women v Manchester City Women, FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup Final football match, Bramall Lane Stadium, Sheffield, UK - 23 Feb 2019 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

Veteran goalkeeper Bardsley signs new one-year Manchester City deal

Veteran goalkeeper Karen Bardsley has signed a one-year contract extension with Manchester City.

The 36-year-old Santa Monica-born stopper is a club legend after spending the last seven-and-a-half years on the blue side of Manchester.

Bardsley held the club’s first choice goalkeeping jersey for several years before more recently providing reliable cover for youngster Ellie Roebuck. Bardsley spent the second half of last season on loan at National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) club OL Reign as she stepped up her bid for Team GB selection before sustaining an injury which ended her Olympic dream.

Manchester City today confirmed the news of Bardsley’s contract extension via an official club press release. After signing on again at The Academy Stadium, the player said “It feels great to be back and to have signed a new deal. I really missed being here in Manchester – although I had a great time on loan, there’s no place like home.

“It’s so special to have been a part of something that’s grown so quickly and to have been here from the start – to see what it’s become here at City now, I feel very proud of that.

“The past seven years have flown by, and long may it continue. It’s been more than I could have ever hoped for and I’m so excited for the season ahead.”

In her long stay with Manchester City, Bardsley has won three FA Women’s Continental League Cups and three Vitality Women’s FA Cups. She was also a member of the team which won a first FA Women’s Super League 1 title in 2016. The player will now be hoping to add to her personal collection of silverware in her latest campaign with Manchester City.

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