Alanna Kennedy: Matildas defender signs for Man City


Alanna Kennedy has made the move to sign for Manchester City, where she joins her Australian teammate Hayley Raso.

Kennedy joins the Sky Blues after spending the 2020/21 season with fellow Women’s Super League side Spurs.

This is not the first time the defender has played in the City football group. Prior to her move to London, the 26-year-old had played for Melbourne City where she spent the 2017/18 season before moving to Perth FC. 

Despite being recognised as a defender, Kennedy’s versatility means she is also capable of playing in the midfield. This ability to adapt could be crucial in a squad with the depth of Manchester City.

With almost 100 caps for her national team, Kennedy brings a wealth of experience to the blue side of Manchester and will provide vital support in an area that Gareth Taylor’s side has been relatively short of personnel in.

Thoughts on the move

Speaking of her feelings about the move up North, Kennedy was full of praise for her new team.

“I’m super excited – it’s an amazing club, and I’m just honoured to be a part of it,” she said.

Kennedy also admitted she is looking forward to a new style of play with City.

“Obviously Manchester City as a whole is amazing and they’re known across the globe, but also, I think just the style of football that’s played here will suit me personally.

“I want to help the team in any way that I can, but what attracted me to it the most is just the brand of football that they play here as it’s incredible to watch,” she continued.

Additionally, Taylor seemed pleased by his team’s newest signing.

“Alanna is a player of top experience, both abroad and in the FAWSL. She is versatile and is capable of playing in a number of positions, so we’re really pleased to have been able to add someone of her ilk and quality to the talented squad we already have.”

The move will see the Australian remain in Manchester until the end of the 2022/23 season. Kennedy will wear the No.33 shirt over the coming season.

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