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Defender Nicki Harding joined City in 2012 from FA Women’s Super League outfit and hometown club, Liverpool Ladies.

The 31-year-old brought with her a wealth of experience, having started her career at youth level with Liverpool, before opting to join Everton Ladies in 1999. She has also gained some international experience, representing England at under-19 level.

Harding made her senior debut for the Toffees, she remained at the club for eight years, before switching to Blackburn Rovers Ladies in 2007. She made 69 appearances for the Lancashire club, scoring seven goals, and she was also part of the team that famously ended Arsenal Ladies’ 100% record by holding them to a draw at Ewood Park.

In 2010, she returned to Liverpool to ply her trade in their senior side and she went on to score the winning goal in the final of the Preston Tournament the same year.

Admired for her versatility, Harding can also play in midfield. A fine tackler, she prides herself on her 'never say die' attitude and high stamina. She is well-known for forcing her opponents into making mistakes and describes herself as a female version of Pablo Zabaleta – strong, determined and with a positive attitude.

Although she missed a large portion of the 2014 season through injury, she wrestled her way into the first-team towards the end of the season and put in a string of impressive performances.

With good vision, fine technical ability and aptitude to read a game well, Harding is hoping to cement her place in the first-team.

Latest tweets: @nickihardin

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