WSL: Manchester City Ladies have signed England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley
Manchester City Ladies have signed England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley in a two-year deal.
Last Updated: 22/11/13 11:09am
The 29-year-old follows international team-mate Jill Scott in moving to City and was delighted to embark on another new challenge.
"I'm thrilled and I'm ready to get started," she said. "I'm looking forward to playing my part in the club's bid to become a dedicated and competitive team that can challenge for the FA WSL title.
"I was very impressed by the progressive and professional approach City have implemented. The resources and training available will be second to none."
California-born Bardsley began her senior career at Ajax America Women, before moving to Pali Blues in 2008 and Sky Blue FC the following season.
She joined Swedes Linkopings FC, before switching to the UK to sign for Lincoln Ladies but returned to her hometown in the States at the end of last season before agreeing a move to City.
"I imagine I'll probably be arriving in Manchester around the same time as everyone else," she added. "In my first few weeks, I'll be settling into Manchester - unpacking, training, making phone calls to my local television and internet provider and spending lots of time with friends and family!"
Although she was born in America, Bardsley decided to represent England internationally due to family connections - both of her parents originate from Greater Manchester - making her senior debut in a 4-0 victory in the 2005 Algarve Cup.
By the time the 2011 World Cup came around, she had cemented her place as the nation's first-choice goalkeeper and also went on to represent Great Britain in the 2012 Olympics.
She said: "I've been through a lot of different experiences. I take what works for me and learn from what doesn't.
"I'm sure that everyone will have many different experiences that they can contribute and if they're pooled together, everyone can learn from each other.
"I hope that we come together as a cohesive team unit and create a positive environment and solid foundation at the club immediately.
"My aim is to win as many football games as possible and to enjoy myself in the process. My long-term aim is to become a formidable member of the WSL and to win trophies."