Christiansen extends her stay
- 18 March 2016 16:30
- Posted by @roline_mcfc / Pics by @vhaydn_mcfc
Izzy Christiansen has signed a new contract with Manchester City Women.
The Club's Player of the Season for 2015 has put pen to paper on a new deal at the Academy Stadium, having played a key role in the Blues' most successful league campaign yet.
As reward for her exploits, she also received a first call-up to England's senior squad and bagged a hat-trick of awards at the End of Season Celebrations in November.
A fans' favourite, the midfielder made history in her debut season with the Club, netting the winner in the Continental Cup final against Arsenal. She scored six goals in the final seven games last year to help Nick Cushing's side to a top-two finish.
Discussing her new contract with CityTV, she smiled: "I'm delighted to commit myself to the Club, and I'm really excited about the upcoming season.
"It was a very easy decision to make. I've really enjoyed my time here. I'm coming into my third season now and I'm really proud of the achievements we've made.
"To have been part of the Club's project from the beginning is really special to me and to be moving forward with the group of players we have is really exciting.
"I train every day with the girls and I see some of the quality we have. Every single person adds something different to this team and I think we can achieve great things in the future."
Reflecting on the form which earned her deserved recognition on the international stage, she added: "I look back and the first thing that comes into my head is the hard work I put in.
"I was at the CFA day in, day out while the Lionesses were in Canada at the World Cup. I watched every game and I was inspired by every kick.
"It pushed me on to become part of that team. I've done that now and I need to work even harder here to represent my country at a higher level.
"I want to win things here and with England. I really want to be a part of the Euro 2017 squad because I really believe England can win it.
"In an ideal world, I could pick up where I left off but I've done a lot of work off the field with regards to managing expectations.
"My goal is to perform well for the team. If that brings goals, great but if not, it's fine as long as I have done well for the team.
"Every game is a six-pointer and we have to make sure we're firing from the very first league game.
"Winning a Champions League place last year was a huge step for this Club and this squad is ready to compete.
"I think we'll have a very strong season and look to grow as a team after every game.
"Who knows how far we can go?"
You can see Izzy and the team in action at the Academy Stadium at the Blues' first home game of the season - an FA WSL clash with Notts County on Wednesday 23 March.
Seasoncards for 2016 are also now on sale so you can guarantee your seat for all MCWFC home games, including the UEFA Women's Champions League.