Georgia’s got City progress on her mind

The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY - By Jack Miller

MANCH­ESTER CITY’S teenage sen­sa­tion Georgia Stan­way, ar­guably the top prospect in the Women’s Su­per League, has ruled out a re­turn to more mod­est pas­tures this win­ter.

Af­ter net­ting 35 goals in just 15 games for Women’s Pre­mier League side Black­burn Rovers last sea­son, it came as no sur­prise when WSL gi­ants City came knock­ing and the England U17 in­ter­na­tional se­cured her dream move.

And, af­ter mak­ing her City de­but in the 5-0 de­mo­li­tion of Durham in July, four more ap­pear­ances and two goals fol­lowed for the lethal fin­isher.

But, with the WSL 1 cam­paign now over un­til March and the WPL in full flow through­out the win­ter, Stan­way in­sists she will not be tempted to re­turn to the sec­ond tier on loan.

The 16-year-old prefers to hone her skills at City.

“If you had told me at the start of the sea­son I’d be where I am now I wouldn’t have be­lieved you,” she said.

“I didn’t ex­pect to be in the po­si­tion where I’d not only be able to say I’d played for City but scored, too.

“I have no plans to go any­where else over the win­ter. I’m sure an­other stint in the WPL would be great, but I just want to con­cen­trate on play­ing with Manch­ester City.

Cov­ered

“I’ll try and play with the re­serves, to keep on top­ping up my min­utes, and make sure that, when the first-team sea­son rolls around again, I am back in the fold.

“Hope­fully I’ll be in the side then as I want to carry on de­vel­op­ing at City.

“They are just mak­ing sure I get all my bases cov­ered this win­ter.

“I’m still young and I’ve got a lot of time on my hands, so I’m re­ally try­ing hard to make sure my tech­ni­cal abil­ity is at the level it needs to be – my pass­ing, tack­ling, and all the sim­ple things that are im­por­tant to get right.

“I can feel my body get­ting stronger, my tech­ni­cal abil­ity is get­ting bet­ter an all-roun I can do things now I couldn’t do six months ago.

“City feels like the per­fect place to de­velop as they want to bring all of the younger play­ers up to be the next Steph Houghton.”

Stan­way is not only pro­lific on th­ese shores.

She has also been on fire in an England shirt, scor­ing 25 times in 22 ap­pear­ances for the U15s and U17s.

As part of the U17 team that topped their Euro quali­fy­ing group in Estonia this au­tumn, she smashed in five first-half goals in their open­ing 13-0 hum­bling of Croa­tia.

She then took on the cap­tain’s arm­band and net­ted twice more as England beat the host na­tion. One fi­nal strike in England’s 2-2 draw with Poland – to take her tally in the tour­na­ment to an as­ton­ish­ing eight from three matches – saw the Lionesses book their spot at the next round of quali­fy­ing for the Be­larus show­case next sum­mer.

Arm­band

She added: “Play­ing in­ter­na­tion­ally is al­ways a good ex­pe­ri­ence, and ev­ery­one in the team did so well in those matches.

“It did feel good to wear the arm­band for the first time.

“I’ve been vice-cap­tain a few times, but it’s not quite the same.

“I’d never been cap­tain be­fore, so to do it for England was a re­ally good achieve­ment.

“Long-term, of course, the aim is to be a reg­u­lar for both the full England team and the Manch­ester City first team.

“So, I’m happy with where I am now.”

PIC­TURE: The FA

HOT PROSPECT: Georgia Stan­way hits the mark for Manch­ester City

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