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Taylor: Goater has been working alongside Bunny Shaw

Gareth Taylor has revealed that City legend Shaun Goater has been offering his expert insight to WSL top scorer, Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw.

The Jamaican was on target once again in City’s hard-fought Barclays Women’s Super League victory over West Ham at the weekend.

With nine goals and two assists in just ten league appearances so far, she has been one of our standout performers in 2022/23.

Taylor, however, believes there is still more to come from Bunny, and explained how she has been in conversation with his former strike partner Goater, who joined the Club’s Academy coaching setup in October 2021.

The City boss believes the Goat’s years of experience will stand Shaw – still just 25 - in good stead as she continues to hone her craft.

“The Bunny and Shaun [partnership] is in its infancy but something I was considering quite a bit around November time,” Taylor explained.

“Sometimes when you’re fortunate enough to work in an organisation like this, there’s lots of expertise. Sometimes we don’t tend to have a look at what others might bring.

“Shaun was a different type of striker, he worked hard on his movements and was really good at it. One run for the defender, one for the ball.

“When you have expertise under your nose like we have, there's always good opportunities to sync people up and learn from them.

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“She can work on movement within the box and we’ve lent on him [Shaun] to help her out and have some good conversations, potentially going through some clips with her on an individual basis.

“With his Bermudan connection and Khadija being Jamaican there’s a really good harmony between them.

“It’s brilliant and Shaun’s a great guy, I loved my time with him, we had a really good team dynamic.

“Shaun became a legend at the Club and rightly so, you couldn’t wish it for a nicer guy. He’s a fun guy to be around.”

City are back in Continental Cup action on Wednesday evening, facing Leicester in our final Group B clash.

Defensive duo Demi Stokes and Kerstin Casparij, as well as winger Hayley Raso, were ruled out of our most recent fixture against West Ham, but the boss explained that their absence wasn’t a major cause for concern.

Indeed, he said that a decision was still to be made on the injured trio’s condition ahead of our showdown with the Foxes.

The boss explained: “We’re yet to sit down with the medical department and find out where Demi, Kerstin and Hayley are.

“I don’t think there’s anything too significant.

“Hopefully when we train later this afternoon, we’ll have a full squad to select from.”

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