City Women are pleased to announce their second signing of the season – England goalkeeper, Karen Bardsley.
The 29-year-old follows international teammate Jill Scott in the move to the Sky Blues and will join the club on two-year deal. Bringing with her a wealth of international and domestic experience, Bardsley is delighted to embark on another new challenge.
"I'm thrilled and I'm ready to get started," she said. "I'm looking forward to playing my part in the club’s bid to become a dedicated and competitive team that can challenge for the FA WSL title.
I was very impressed by the progressive and professional approach City have implemented. The resources and training available will be second to none.
Born in California, Bardsley began her senior career at Ajax America Women, before moving to Pali Blues in 2008 and Sky Blue FC the following season.
She then left for Sweden to join Linköpings FC, before switching to the UK to sign for Lincoln Ladies. At the end of last season, she returned to her hometown in the States before agreeing a transfer to City. Now, she is preparing for another exciting move abroad.
"I imagine I'll probably be arriving in Manchester around the same time as everyone else," she said. "In my first few weeks, I'll be settling into Manchester - unpacking, training, making phone calls to my local television and internet provider and spending lots of time with friends and family!"
Although she was born in America, Bardsley decided to represent England internationally due to family connections - both of her parents originate from Greater Manchester.
She made her senior debut for the Three Lions in a 4-0 victory in the 2005 Algarve Cup and by the time the 2011 World Cup came around, she had cemented her place as the nation's first-choice goalkeeper. She also went on to represent Great Britain in the 2012 Olympics.
With such vast knowledge of the game in so many different countries, Bardsley is hoping that everything she has learnt throughout her career will benefit her new club. She is also looking forward to meeting her new teammates and creating a friendly and buoyant atmosphere within the squad from the start.
I've been through a lot of different experiences. I take what works for me and learn from what doesn't.
"I'm sure that everyone will have many different experiences that they can contribute and if they're pooled together, everyone can learn from each other.
"I hope that we come together as a cohesive team unit and create a positive environment and solid foundation at the club immediately.
"My aim is to win as many football games as possible and to enjoy myself in the process. My long-term aim is to become a formidable member of the WSL and to win trophies."