Man City captain Houghton signs new deal with club

Manchester City Women captain Steph Houghton has signed a new deal with Gareth Taylor’s side, the club have confirmed.
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Houghton has put pen to paper on a one-year extension with Manchester City Women, which will see her surpass a decade of service with the Women’s Super League (WSL) giants.

The former Lionesses captain is City’s all time record appearance holder having played a total of 233 times for the club since first joining from Arsenal in November 2013.

“I’m over the moon to have another year to look forward to at this amazing club” said the 35-year-old after agreeing a new deal.

“Manchester City has been my home for almost ten years, and I love everything about it – it’s my club, and to sign for another year, I’m absolutely buzzing. When I first joined, I just wanted to be here as long as I could, and to play at the top level, so I never really put a number on it. Once you get closer to that decade mark though, you do think about the idea of hitting that milestone.

“I feel good in myself and my body, and I’m really enjoying my football, so it was an easy decision for me in all honesty” she added.

Head Coach Gareth Taylor echoed the feelings of his skipper admitting it was “fantastic news” that she had agreed a new deal with City, adding: “She is such a huge part of the Club as a whole and the impact she has had during her time here so far – whether it be on or off the pitch - is testament to that.

"Steph is such an important member of our squad and her experience is invaluable. She is the consummate professional, with her team mentality at the forefront of everything that she does. Over 230 appearances and eight trophies show exactly how important she has been to the growth of this Club, and the fact that she will surpass a decade of service with this new deal is thoroughly deserved.

“Her hunger and desire to win and succeed is something that makes her one of the game’s legends, and having the opportunity to work with her for another year is something we’re all thrilled about.”

One the club’s most decorated players, Houghton has lifted eight trophies during her time at Manchester City, winning four Continental Tyres League Cups, three Women’s FA Cups and one Barclays Women’s Super League title.

Many had called for the defender to receive a recall to the England squad for this summer’s World Cup too, following her excellent recent form for Taylor’s outfit.