MCWFC sign Megan Campbell
- 15 February 2016 15:00
- Posted by @roline_mcfc / Pics by @vhaydn_mcfc
Manchester City Women have secured their fourth signing of the off-season, with the capture of Megan Campbell.
The 22-year-old left-back follows in the footsteps of Jane Ross, Marie Hourihan and Kosovare Asllani in making the move to Nick Cushing's side, having completed her scholarship with Florida State University.
An Ireland international, Campbell moved to the USA to embark on a career in college football, whilst studying a degree in social science. She made more than 60 appearances in her three-year stay with the Seminoles, creating 31 assists which helped to earn three consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference titles.
No stranger to success, she was also named in the 2014 ACC All-Tournament Team and lifted the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship - and she hopes to achieve more with her new team.
"It's a bit surreal. I didn't expect to come here - it's a big Club - but I'm up to the challenge," she told mcfc.co.uk.
"I've just graduated and I was looking for a professional team. Fortunately enough, City came in for me and now I'm here!
"Once I got word City were interested, I came straight over and once I did, it was something I knew I'd love to be part of.
"They play the same style of play we did in Florida - keeping the ball on the ground.
"It's a big step up from college soccer in the States so I'm going to take my time, using my first year to grow as a player and keep progressing."
Following spells with local Drogheda teams, Campbell started her senior career with St Francis. A month after turning 16, she made her debut as a substitute in the FAI Women's Cup final and went on to become a first-team regular, gaining Champions League experience along the way.
In 2011, she joined Raheny United where she clinched a league and cup double, meriting a place in the Women's National League Team of the Season, before jetting off to Florida to embark on her scholarship.
At international level, she worked her way up from the under-17s side to the first-team and has collected 33 caps for her country, scoring twice.
Hard-working and fond of a tackle, the defender is regarded as a throw-in specialist - a weapon she hopes will come in handy with Jill Scott around to target!
Currently in Abu Dhabi with the rest of the team on their pre-season training camp, Campbell declared she is settling into the squad well and is eager to learn from her new teammates.
"The squad are friendly," she continued. "It's really easy to get along and integrate with the team and the staff. I'm really enjoying it.
"Steph Houghton's leadership is a great quality. I'm looking to hopefully progress my talking on and off the pitch.
"Demi Stokes is good one-on-one, keeping players down the line, so if I was playing left-back, I'd look up to her and her traits.
"I want to continue to progress with Nick, the staff and the players around me.
"The Club has taken strides since year one and the goal is to continue growing as a team and winning trophies.
"With the squad we have, going into the league season and the Champions League, we have a great chance of going far and hopefully winning silverware."
You can see Megan and the rest of Manchester City Women’s squad in their pre-season friendy against Pitea IF. Click here for more information.
Seasoncards for 2016 are also now on sale.
Be part of the action as the team challenge for silverware on four fronts, including the UEFA Women’s Champions League for the first time in the Club’s history. Click here for more details.