Lionesses fully com­mit­ted to the City pro­ject

The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY -

MANCH­ESTER City have locked down two of their Eng­land stars un­til at least 2017 af­ter Jill Scott and Karen Bard­s­ley both signed ex­ten­sions to their cur­rent deals.

The pair both played key roles in the Lionesses’ third- place fin­ish at this sum­mer’s World Cup.

And Scott, who has won 97 in­ter­na­tional caps, is not rul­ing out be­ing part of City even be­yond her play­ing days.

“I would love to see out my ca­reer here. I don’t feel like this club is just short term, I feel like it is long term,” said the 28-year-old.

“Even­tu­ally, when I stop play­ing, this is a club where I would like to help de­velop the young play­ers as well.”

Bard­s­ley, 30, has also bought into the pro­ject, open­ing the new City Football Academy last year with women’s and men’s sides catered for equally.

“They’re re­ally chang­ing per­cep­tions of women’s football and rais­ing the bar across the board, and this is the start- ing point,” said Bard­s­ley.

“I’m hon­oured and it’s a priv­i­lege that they’ve de­cided they’d like to keep me on.

“We’re all learn­ing so it’s never the end prod­uct. We’re just lay­ing down the foun­da­tions for gen­er­a­tions to come.”

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