Mary Fowler signs for Manchester City

CommBank Matildas forward Mary Fowler has officially signed for Manchester City for the upcoming Barclays WSL season on a four-year contract, making the move from Montpellier Hérault SC in France. 

The 19-year-old signs with City after spending the last two seasons with Montpellier in the Division 1 Féminine and off the back of a memorable year with the Matildas.

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The forward’s two-season stint in France saw her play 40 games, scoring 10 goals for Montpellier. Fowler joined Montpellier at the end of the 2019-2020 season, making the move from Adelaide United.

Fowler said in a statement: “I really admire the team’s style of play – when City play, you see football and how beautiful it is, and you can really fall in love with the game just by watching them, both the women and the men’s teams.

“As much as I love winning, I enjoy doing it while playing attractive football and that was a huge part of my decision to join.

“I’m still young and I’ve got a lot to learn, so being at a club like Manchester City where I’ll be surrounded by amazing staff and coaches, as well as playing alongside and against some of the best players in the world, I feel that I have everything I need to fulfil my potential.”

Manchester City finished third in the FAWSL last season, with fellow Aussies Alanna Kennedy and Hayley Raso helping The Citizens qualify for this season’s UEFA Women’s Champions League. City has been drawn against WFC Tomiris-Turan of Kazakhstan in the Round One semi-final of the 2022/23 UEFA Women's Champions League, if they defeat them they will face the winner of Real Madrid or SK Sturm Graz for a spot in Round 2. 

City claimed the Continental Tyres League Cup, beating Chelsea 3-1 to claim the title.

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Manchester City Head Coach Gareth Taylor added: “Mary is a, without doubt, one of the most exciting young talents in the game right now and we’re absolutely thrilled to have her join us here at City.

“She has a maturity beyond her years but for her, she’s excited to come to England to learn and grow as a player.

“The fact that she made her senior international debut at just 15 really does show what high regard she is held in by the football world and we feel as though she’ll fit right in here with our team at City.

“Having her put pen to paper on a four-year deal also speaks volumes about our own commitment and also ours as a Club to her development, and we can’t wait to start working with her.”

This signing adds to a plethora of new additions for City this season, with Fowler joining the likes of Deyna Castellanos, Laia Aleixandri and UWCL champion Leila Ouahabi.

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