Hayley Raso: Aussie star discusses the appeal of Man City move

Hayley Raso of Team Australia.
Hayley Raso of Team Australia during the women's football semifinal match against Sweden on Day 10 of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at International Stadium Yokohama. (Photo by Pete Dovgan/Speed Media)

Coming off of a successful season with Everton, Hayley Raso is the newest signing to arrive at Manchester City. The 26-year-old previously played for Brisbane Roar and the Portland Thorns before making the move to England.

The deal will see Raso remain with the Sky Blues until the end of the 2022/23 season. 

Raso’s versatility will no doubt prove useful, as the Australian international is capable of playing up front as well as on the wing. This is especially crucial as City will start the season without Chloe Kelly, their star striker from last season.

With five goals and two assists in 22 WSL appearances during the 2020/21 season, Raso could help Manchester City gain the edge they need to pass their rivals.

The appeal of Manchester City

Speaking to the media following the announcement of her signing, Raso was full of praise for her new team.

When asked about the decision to join City, Raso explained that it had been an easy decision to make. The Brisbane native revealed that she had spoken to her international teammates about the move to Manchester.

The facilities and players at the City Football Academy had clearly also played a part in Raso’s move from Everton.

“I spoke with Gareth and he told me about the club, the facilities, the staff, and the team.”

Raso also spoke highly of her new teammate Lauren Hemp. This came up when asked whether there had been any WSL players who had impressed her during the Olympics.

The Australian replied that Hemp had given her a good battle during Australia’s clash with Team GB. The link-up with herself and Hemp is something that Raso is looking forward to during the upcoming season. 

Raso’s versatility is something that is often spoken about. The new signing seemed confident that this is a beneficial trait she brings to the team.

“I think I’m quite versatile which hopefully can help the team, knowing that I can play in a few different positions.”

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