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Ireland star Campbell rewarded with new deal at Manchester City

The extension comes a just reward for her glittering FA Cup final contribution, and an early birthday present.

The deal will keep Campbell in Manchester for another year.
The deal will keep Campbell in Manchester for another year.

IRELAND DEFENDER MEGAN Campbell has signed a new contract with Manchester City.

The deal, which sees the Drogheda native stay at Academy Stadium for a further year, comes as a just reward for her stellar FA Cup final contribution and other glittering performances of late.

Following an injury-plagued stint, the 23-year-old — who turns 24 on Wednesday — assisted twice in the first half at Wembley Stadium as City won their maiden FA Cup title.

Campbell signed for the Manchester outfit in February 2016, having spent three years at Florida State University. Not long after linking up with the club, she badly damaged her ankle and tore her quad.

She returned to action that summer, and just as she found her feet, she was sidelined again and facing ankle reconstruction surgery along with eight months out of the game.

Birmingham City v SSE Women's FA Cup - SSE Women's FA Cup - Final - Wembley Stadium Campbell and City manager Nick Cushing during the FA Cup final. Source: EMPICS Sport

After agreeing a one-year deal in December, this March brought her full return, and she’s been delivering ever since.

“I’m really happy,” the long-throw specialist told ManCity.com.

“This Club is like a family and I’m really grateful to the players and staff for putting their trust in me. There’s quality on and off the pitch here.

“I’m pleased with the way I performed in the Spring Series and FA Cup but I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the team.

“I’ve been trying to get back to full fitness, increasing my gametime. I’ve did everything I could to prove I was good enough to stay in the squad.”

Manager Nick Cushing also expressed his delight at the contract extension, and Campbell’s efforts to date.

“Megan is a young player with a lot of potential,” he said. “She has come back from injury stronger than ever and shown everyone what she can offer on the pitch.

“I have been delighted with her performances in the games she played in 2017 and I look forward to having her on the team once again when we kick off the new season.”

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