Steph Houghton MBE Extends Manchester City Women’s Contract

Steph Houghton MBE has extended her contract at Manchester City Women.

Houghton joined Manchester City in 2013 from Arsenal and has since gone on to score 19 goals in 195 appearances in all competitions.

Feeling “delighted” to have extended her contract, Houghton told mancity.com that she was keen to stay, as she said that signing the contract extension was her “easiest decision” that she had ever made in order to continue her “unbelievable journey.”

Houghton last weekend returned from a four-month layoff due to suffering an ankle injury in September as City thrashed Brighton 6-0 in the Women’s Super League (WSL), with the 33 year-old now “just so happy to be back on the pitch now.”

Reflecting on her eight-year stay at the Citizens following the reformation of the team, Houghton commented: “The eight years I’ve been here so far have flown by – when people say how long it is, I really can’t believe it!

“For me though, it’s always been about being at Manchester City and being a part of this Club, for now and for the future.

“That’s why I wanted to commit – to really show my loyalty to my team, to my Club and to everybody who has helped me along the way so far.”

Manchester City Women’s Head Coach, Gareth Taylor is “absolutely thrilled” to see Houghton extend her time at the Academy Stadium.

“What she has contributed to this Club and women’s football as a whole throughout her career so far is incredible – she is a true legend of the game in all senses of the word.” said Taylor as he praised the ex Arsenal defender for her talent and impact on the sport.

Taylor also spoke highly of Houghton’s efforts on and off the pitch as he pointed to her “… supporting her teammates and helping them to improve,” as an example of her work to help the team improve whilst behaving as a “consummate professional” within the game.

Houghton has helped City to seven trophies in total during her time at City including three WSL League and Women’s FA Cup titles plus 2016 WSL crown.

Taylor consequently hailed Houghton’s “contributions and dedication to the team and the Club as a whole are so incredibly important, with the successes and records she has achieved so far testament to that.”

Houghton is also a member of the England Lionesses squad and will be hoping to feature in Sarina Weigman’s squad for the 2022 UEFA Women’s Euro in July, which is being held across England for the first time since 2005.

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