Women's Team

Choosing City ‘an easy decision’ says Raso

New signing Hayley Raso says she didn’t need long to think about joining City.

The Australia international became the newest member of Gareth Taylor’s squad when she put pen to paper on a two-year deal this week.

The 52-times capped star was being tracked by several clubs but was only interested in joining the Blues.


“I had a few conversations, but I have said before that it was a pretty easy decision to choose Manchester City,” said Raso at Thursday’s press conference.

“I spoke with Gareth Taylor and he told me about the club, the facilities and the team. I really enjoyed my time in England last season with Everton so I wanted to stay in England.

“I have only heard good things about the club. I didn’t speak to anyone directly. I spoke to a couple of my international team-mates and they said it would be a good move, competing for trophies plus playing in the Champions League.

“I think playing with quality players like the ones at City will only help my game.

“Like I said, I can’t wait to combine with a lot of the players here. I like scoring goals; it is part of my game and hopefully I can continue to do so for City.

“I think it is going to be great. There is a lot of competition and a lot of depth in the squad.

“I am really looking forward to working with my new teammates and hopefully combining well together and seeing what we can bring this season.”

Raso, 26, believes the 2021/22 campaign will be especially exciting following the announcement of a new broadcast deal with Sky.

Women’s football in the Britain is likely to get a huge boost from Sky’s coverage and Raso says it will help the FA WSL kick on to a new level.

“I think it is amazing,” she said. “It will allow so much exposure for the women’s game.

“It has come on leaps and bounds in recent years and  it’s exciting to think where the game will be in a few months’ time.

“Hopefully a lot of fans come out to the games and watch on TV this season - I am so looking forward to having fans back inside the grounds.

“Last year was so difficult, not having people in the stadium and everyone is looking forward to having them back again.”