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Nikita Parris pens new City deal

PEN TO PAPER: Nikita Parris is delighted to sign her new deal

PEN TO PAPER: Nikita Parris is delighted to sign her new deal

City are delighted to announce Nikita Parris has signed a new contract.

The 23-year-old has put pen to paper on a new deal, which will keep her at the Club until the end of the 2018/19 campaign.

Parris, who has clocked up 65 appearances in sky blue, scoring 25 goals, has helped Nick Cushing’s side to lift all three domestic trophies over the past year.

She has been influential in the 2017/18 campaign too with the Blues having clinched a perfect start, and hopes to continue her development to the highest level.

“It feels amazing to have signed a new contract,” she told ManCity.com.

“It was never in doubt. I have a fighting desire and enthusiasm to play for and win trophies with this team.

“We have a lot of quality and a lot left to give. With the togetherness – the community spirit from the first-team men’s side to the under-9s girls – it’s a fantastic environment to be in.

“I’m just so happy to be here and to remain here for the coming seasons. I’ve been on a journey and it’s shaped me as a person.

“With the help of Nick and the coaching staff, I’ve really developed as a player. He was so enthusiastic about me staying. He said I’m a big part of this team and he wants me to carry on developing at this club, pushing my game on.

“He’s done that massively over the past three-and-a-half years. My trust is totally in him. He’s a fantastic coach – one of the best I’ve ever worked under.

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“I came here as a striker – a number 9 – and ended up as a winger. They’re two positions I feel comfortable in and I’ve developed my game from being a young, 20-year-old sharp-shooter, needing knowledge of the game, to a better player who is now a regular at international level.

“I’m grateful for Nick’s input into my career.”

Parris is in a rich vein of goalscoring form, having bagged four goals in eight games – three in her last six.

The Lioness, who made her senior England debut in June 2016, credits her impressive displays to a newly-discovered confidence.

“This year, I feel good in myself,” she continued. “I feel confident.

“The coaching staff have been telling me what I’m good at and areas I need to look at. We have video analysis to learn the areas we need to improve on.

“I’ve been confident to take on one-v-ones and impose my game early on in matches.

“The goals have come, although I’d like to score more.

“I’m grateful for all of the goals I score for this Club. I hope I can carry on my input in to the team and hopefully, more goals will come.

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“Scoring goals is majorly important for me. If you score, you win games and you can win trophies. If you don’t score, you win neither.

“When I score, I feel a connection between me and the fans. Over the past three or four years, they have supported me and this team to go on and win things. They are the twelfth player.”

The Blues sit as reigning domestic champions for the league, FA Cup and Continental Tyres Cup and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League in their maiden season earlier this year.

Asked what she feels her side are capable of achieving, Parris asserts her side can better that impressive feat.

She replied: “The Champions League is the next step for this team. We’ve won all of the domestic trophies. It’s time to impose ourselves on Europe and win the Champions League.

“We have the quality to do it and the strength in depth.

“Personally, I’d like to retain all three trophies we already have – they’re ours to lose – and win the Champions League trophy, as I haven’t won it before.

“There’s a lot of pressure at this fantastic club but you have to take it game by game. You can’t look ahead and hope that in May, you’ll lift the Champions League.

“You have to make sure that in the games coming up, you’re ready.

“Hopefully, we can win the quadruple.”

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