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England midfielder Jill Scott has become a player-coach with Manchester City Women after signing a new contract at the club.

The Sunderland-born player joined City from Everton in 2014 and has committed to a two-year extension that runs to 2022.

Scott, 33, has scored 24 goals in 167 games for City, winning the Women’s Super League in 2016 and helping the team to runner-up finishes in each season since.

She has also won two FA Women’s Cups and three Continental Cups with City, plus 149 caps for England over the course of her career.

Scott said: “Although I’ve been named as a player-coach, I want to reiterate that I’m a player first and foremost – I still want to play for this team and achieve success.”

Her appointment boosts a City staff led by new head coach Gareth Taylor, who was appointed in May to his role with the women’s team after predecessor Nick Cushing left to join New York City FC.

Scott, who has played in four World Cups, follows former England team-mate Casey Stoney into coaching at WSL level. Stoney is now manager of Manchester United Women.

“Coaching might bring new aspects for me,” Scott said. “But it’s about working hard on the pitch and putting in the hours off it, trying to grow my knowledge of the game to help the team in any way I can.”


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