Manchester City have announced the signing of Hayley Raso on a free transfer from Everton.
Raso joins City just 24 hours after being released as a free agent from Everton, where she netted five goals in 28 appearances across all competitions since joining the Toffees in January 2020 in which she helped Everton reach 2019-20 Women’s FA Cup Final which they lost to City in extra-time.
Speaking about her decision to sign for last season’s Women’s Super League (WSL) runners-up, Raso said: “It feels amazing – I’m just so excited to be here at this huge Club.”
The Australian striker added that she has enjoyed her time so far in the WSL, describing the competition as “very tough and competitive” and believes that the opportunity of “being able to come to a team like City who are up there fighting for all the trophies and playing in the Champions League, it’s an opportunity I couldn’t turn down.”
Raso also is confident that she will be capable of boosting an already strong attack led by Ellen White and Janine Beckie, saying: “Personally, I feel like I can fit in well with the team’s style of play – when I met with Gareth [Taylor], he spoke so highly of the Club and squad as a whole, and I knew that it was definitely the place I wanted to be.”
Manager, Gareth Taylor added that he is “delighted” to welcome Raso to his “already talented squad here at City.”
Offering his thoughts on Raso’s progress after impressing at the Olympics for Australia en route to fourth-place, Taylor said: “She has proven her ability and versatility in the FAWSL over the last couple of seasons with Everton and also brings lots of international experience to the table.
“She impressed during the recent Olympic Games too and we’re really looking forward to working with her over the next few years.”
Man City Managing Director, Gavin Makel meanwhile described Raso as “a fantastic acquisition to the team”, whilst adding that her “tenacity and ambition” are her stand-out qualities which will benefit the squad whilst maintaining the team’s values.
Raso could make her City debut in the Second Qualifying Round of 2021-22 Women’s Champions League following the revamp in format, whilst her first WSL appearance for the Citizens could come against her former team – Everton on Saturday 4 September live on BBC One (1:30pm) at Goodison Park.