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Johnston excited for new challenge

Krystle Johnston is ready to embark on a new chapter of her footballing career, having come to the end of her contract with Manchester City Women.

The winger, who has enjoyed eight years at the Club, feels the time is right to move on - but asserts she will look on her years with the Blues with fondness.

She told mcfc.co.uk: "It’s been a crazy journey. I’ve been at the club for a long time and I’ve loved every minute but it’s now time to grab another opportunity.

"I feel I’ve still got a lot to give and that’s why I’d like to take an opportunity somewhere else and go for it.

"I’ve had two great years at the top with some of the best players in the country and I've improved massively in that time.

"I'm so grateful to Nick Cushing for giving me the opportunity. I’m definitely leaving on good terms."

Part of the Manchester City Ladies team before the Club was relaunched, Bury-born 'Joey' has made more than 100 appearances for the Blues in total and was delighted to witness her side's transformation into a professional outfit in the top flight of women's football.

Proud to have played a part in helping Cushing's side to lift its first piece of silverware, secure Champions League qualification and become title contenders in just two seasons, the 31-year-old declared she has created everlasting memories and lifelong friends with City.

Reflecting on her highlights at the Club, she smiled: "Nothing will ever beat the Continental Cup final but I’ve had a lot of good times.

"It was disappointing not to win silverware this season but of course, we qualified for the Champions League which is a massive achievement.

"I’m just so happy to have been able to play at the highest level, especially as I was 28 when I started.

"I’ll still be keeping in touch with everyone – I’ve made a new best friend in Toni Duggan – and I’ve got a great relationship on and off the pitch with the girls.

"We’ll all stay good friends and I’ll be coming over at every opportunity to see everyone so I won’t have to miss them! I might be playing against them anyway...

"I feel so lucky to have been a part of such an amazing journey."

When asked what lies next in her career, she replied: "I’ve been speaking to a few clubs so there are exciting things ahead.

"Of course, nothing will ever beat playing for City with the facilities and their ambition but it’s something I have to do for myself."

Good luck, Joey!



Youngster Natasha Flint, full-back Emma Lipman and German defender Kathleen Radtke have also been released by the Club. We wish them all the best of luck for the future.

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