Manchester City announce the signing of Fowler

The 19-year-old striker joins Women’s Division 1 side Montpellier HSC and arrives in England with a reputation as one of the game’s most exciting young talents.

She was recently honored with the PFA Young Australian Footballer of the Year award and was named second in NXGN Football’s 2022 Women’s Next Generation Shortlist in March, which highlights the best rising young players in the world.

Speaking about his decision to join City, Fowler said: “I’m really excited and proud to be joining this club – it’s a team I’ve always wanted to play for, so I’m honored to have this opportunity.

“I really admire the team’s style of play – when City play you see the football and how beautiful it is, and you can really fall in love with the game just by watching them, the women’s and men’s teams. .

“As much as I love winning, I love doing it while playing attractive football and that was a big part of my decision to join.

“I’m still young and I have a lot to learn, so to be at a club like Manchester City where I’ll be surrounded by amazing staff and coaches, as well as playing alongside and against some of the best players in the world, I feel like I have everything I need to reach my potential.

Born in Cairns, Australia on Valentine’s Day in 2003, Fowler comes from a footballing family with her older brothers Caoimhin and Ciara having both played for the Republic of Ireland youth teams (thanks to their father’s legacy), while the latter also represented Australia at Under-20 level.

One of five children, she spent her formative years both in her native Australia with Saints FC, BVV Barendrecht and ESA, alongside a stint with Dutch club Leichhardt FC while residing in the Netherlands. – Low in adolescence.

Her first foray into senior football however came in 2019 with Illawara Stingrays in the NSW National Premier League and after brief stints with them and Bankstown City in Sydney, she made her W-League debut with Adelaide United and scored the occasion with a purpose.

The match was also special for the Fowler family, with Ciara making her first senior appearance that day alongside her sister.

Quickly attracting admirers around the world, the striker signed for French club Montpellier HSC on a three-year deal in January 2020 and bowed out for the club against Olympique Lyonnais a month later.

Although that season was later to end prematurely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the following campaign saw Fowler launch into Women’s Division 1, scoring five goals in 15 games and impressing once again in 2021/22 as that Montpellier was finishing. fifth in the league standings.

Internationally, the striker has been part of the Matildas’ senior roster since making his debut with them in July 2018 and to date has scored seven goals in 24 appearances for his country.

Part of Australia’s squad for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, she featured at the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics where she scored against Great Britain in the quarter-finals, before the Matildas were beaten by narrowly by Sweden in the last four of the tournament.

Head coach Gareth Taylor added: “Mary is without doubt one of the most exciting young talents in the game at the moment and we are absolutely delighted to have her join us here at City.

“She has a maturity beyond her years but for her she is excited to come to England to learn and grow as a player.

“The fact that she made her senior international debut at just 15 really shows how much she is held by the footballing world and we believe she will fit in perfectly here with our team at City.

“The fact that she has put pen to paper on a four-year contract speaks volumes about our own commitment and also ours as a club to her development, and we can’t wait to start working with her.”

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