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Manchester City Captain Signs Contract Extension with Club

Houghton Signs On Until 2022

Birmingham City v Manchester City - Barclays FA Women’s Super League Photo by Morgan Harlow/Getty Images

Manchester City women’s captain Steph Haughton has put pen to paper on a new deal with the club. She has signed a two-year extension on her current deal which was set to expire at the end of the season. That will keep her at the club until 2022. Houghton joined City from Arsenal back in 2014 and has since established herself as a key player for both club and country. The center-back has been one of the most influential City players for the last few years.

During her time with the club, Houghton has helped the team make a clean sweep of domestic silverware. She has won won six major trophies with the side consisting of two FA Cups, three League Cups and the Women’s Super League title in 2016.

The 31-year-old who received an MBE in 2016 has ramped up 117 caps for the Lionesses, helping England reach the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup.

She expressed her delight at the renewal through the club’s website.

”I’m really delighted. I’ve been here for six years and I’ve been made to feel at home,” she said. “This is my club and I’ve enjoyed so many amazing memories here so far.

”I’ve seen the club from the beginning - back when we only had five professional players - and I’ve seen it grow to be the best club in England, if not Europe.

”Both on and off the pitch, the club has developed me as a player and a person, having the people we have around us, the unbelievable facilities and stadium.

”It’s a special place for me and my family live in Manchester now. It was a pretty easy decision.”

Commending her for her exceptional qualities and service, the club’s head of women’s football Gavin Makel stated:

”We are thrilled that Steph has committed her future to Manchester City.

”Her leadership skills are second to none and she never fails to amaze everybody here at Manchester City with her passion, drive and hunger to improve.”

Houghton will hope to be in action with Man City against Manchester United in the Women’s FA Cup fourth round on Saturday.

City are currently top of the WSL table, ahead of defending champions Arsenal on goal-difference.