Manchester City have announced that goalkeeper, Karen Bardsley has signed an one-year contract extension to remain at the club until June 2022.
Since signing for Man City in November 2013, Bardsley has helped the club lift three League Cup and FA Cup titles apiece alongside 2016 Women’s Super League (WSL) title, whilst making over 100 club appearances for the Citizens in all competitions
Bardsley though is still keen to push for success with City after a positive loan spell away at NWSL’s OL Reign in the first half of 2021, having lost the no.1 goalkeeper role to Ellie Roebuck in recent seasons but had admitted to feeling “great” about her return to the Academy Stadium.
Reflecting on how her time away at OL Reign has made her realise the importance of home and being part of a high-quality club, Bardsley said: “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.”
Man City Women’s manager, Gareth Taylor added that he is “thrilled” to welcome Bardsley back with a new contract, especially given her experience, saying: “As she has shown during her career to date, she is a very talented goalkeeper who brings a wealth of experience to our squad.”
Taylor also praised Bardsley for her high quality and viewed her contract extension as one which is beneficial for the club as a whole, commenting: “Having a player of her calibre commit her immediate future to the Club was important for us and we look forward to continuing our work together throughout 2021/22.”
City will kick off the 2021-22 WSL season away at Everton on weekend of 3-5 September 2021 with Bardsley set to be in contention, having been forced to miss this summer’s Olympics through injury after having been initially called up for Team GB following her previous involvement in the 2012 edition.