Manchester City have announced that Australian defender Alanna Kennedy has extended her contract with the club until 2025.
The Aussie joined Man City in 2021 after a two-year spell at WSL rivals Tottenham Hotspur Women.
The 28-year-old has had quite the career moving around Australia then to America and now seems to have settled in England with City.
We are delighted to confirm that @AlannaKennedy has extended her contract with us for another 2️⃣ years! 🙌 💙
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— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 15, 2023
In an interview with Man City regarding her contract renewal Kennedy said: “I’m happy to be staying here at City – I’ve loved my time here so far.
“I feel as though I have unfinished business here at City. I’ve worked hard to get myself into a position where I’ve learned the style, and I have a great relationship with all the girls and staff.”
The last two years have been difficult for Kennedy after struggling with injuries and not being able to play as much as she hoped.
Kennedy has suffered calf and hamstring problems, a broken nose and finally a fractured shoulder which saw her return to the Women’s Super League in December.
Despite all these injuries manager Gareth Taylor still has faith in the defender, having offered her another two-year deal.
In an interview with Man City, Taylor said: “She’s had some challenging periods to overcome in her first couple of seasons here, but she’s a player who has a lot to offer to our squad with her ability and experience.
“We’re really looking forward to working with her over the coming years as we go in search of success as a team.”
Due to injury Kennedy made just four appearances during the 2022/23 season.
However, she didn’t fail to prove herself in these four games, as she managed to keep three clean sheets and only conceded one goal in those appearances.
In her previous year with City, the Aussie made 18 appearances in both the WSL and FA Cup.
In this time, she managed to keep an impressive 10 clean sheets while only conceding 13 goals.
Kennedy has become an established defender not only in club football but at international level.
The defender has been a part of the Australian national team since she was 19 and continues to prove herself for the Matilda’s today.
She has been capped 102 times for Australia and is the 13th in the list of most capped players for the Australian Women’s side.
Fans have taken to Twitter to show their support or Kennedy. The Man City Women Fancast Twitter account responded to the news by saying: “Fantastic!”
— Man City Women Fancast (@mcwfancast) May 15, 2023
Kennedy is hoping to make more appearances in her next two years with City and increase their success.
She said: “I feel like I still have a lot more to give on a personal level and for the team, so I’m looking forward to continuing our success here.”