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Bardsley: I'm really proud of my journey

Retiring City and England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley says she will reflect on her illustrious career with an enormous sense of pride.

The 37-year-old will officially hang up her gloves at the end of the 2021/22 season following a trophy laden career which spans two glorious decades.

A superb goalkeeper, and magnificent all-round ambassador for the women’s game, Bardsley has spent eight and a half years at City and proved a pivotal figure in the Club’s success in that period.

And in a special interview reflecting on her glittering career, KB reflected on her progression and the inspirational trail she has blazed for others to follow in, as well as looking ahead to an exciting future.

“I'm really proud of my journey but I'm also proud of the way I’ve behaved with my teammates,” said Bardsley.

“I've always been really positive and supportive, especially with my goalkeepers, so I'm really excited to see what Ellie (Roebuck) does for the rest of her career and the likes of Mary Earps and the other goalkeepers in the England set-up.

“I take a lot of confidence from the experiences I’ve been through, and I hope that other people can be inspired by what we've done and the impact that we've had.

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“Ultimately, I'm really excited about the next steps and what's to come in the future. I'm just looking forward to giving back to the football community.

“I also just want to say thank you. It's been a real privilege and an honour to represent everyone and be a part of such an amazing group of people. I’m really grateful.”

KB will be honoured at Wednesday night's FA Women's Super League game against Birmingham and in the coming weeks on mancity.com and our official app.

Hear Karen's immediate thoughts on her decision and her incredible career in the video above...

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