Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

City Women Join the Hunt for More Glory ; Simon Bajkowski Meets the Latest Band of Blues Stars Determined to Bring Success

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

City Women Join the Hunt for More Glory ; Simon Bajkowski Meets the Latest Band of Blues Stars Determined to Bring Success

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MANCHESTER City Women's Football Club are the latest part of the Etihad family ready to take the football world by storm.

The men's team are still involved in four competitions, City have branched out with teams in New York and Melbourne and very soon the women's team could be a dominant force.

The newly rebranded MCWFC will compete in the Women's Super League for the first time in 2014 and are hoping to make a big impact.

Part of that work has already begun; the club have made as many as five marquee signings in the close season in their attempt to challenge in the top division.

Steph Houghton has arrived from Arsenal Ladies having represented England and Team GB at the 2012 Olympics, and will captain the side in their debut season in the top flight.

She said at the launch: "It's a wonderful feeling to be part of a new era in women's football at Manchester City."

Houghton is joined by three England team-mates and a New Zealand international and with so much talent in the squad, ambitions are bold.

Immediate success may prove too much to ask but whenever it comes, the aim is simple: trophies.

City and England keeper Karen Bardsley told M.E.N Sport: "I think everyone across the board is going to have the same aim, regardless of where they are. especially at this point of the season.

"Everyone's out to win trophies, win games. Everyone has that goal and if they don't then they're in the wrong place.

"It's hard to say, you can only say on what's going on here but it feels pretty good and we've got some really talented players in the squad.

"I don't really want to get ahead of myself but I think we'll complete and we'll do really well."

The squad has only been together for a week and with so many new signings, things could take a while to click but Bardsley says it has been a promising start.

"Everybody was buzzing the first night," she said. …

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