Jill Scott has signed a two-year contract extension at Manchester City, taking on a new player-coach role.
The 33-year-old's new deal means she will remain at the City Football Academy until at least the summer of 2022, and the new role will be her first taste of coaching experience.
One of The Game's Greats
Scott joined the blue half of Manchester in 2014 and has accumulated 167 appearances in her time at City, scoring 24 goals and winning six major trophies in the process.
As well as a glittering club career, the midfielder has also impressed on the international stage, picking up 149 caps for England making her the most-capped player in the current Lionesses squad.
Her illustrious career was recognised last year after she was awarded an MBE for her services to women's football.
Scott Still Focused on Playing Career
Despite taking on a new coaching role, the 33-year-old says she is still firmly concentrated on her playing career. In a club statement Scott said:
"I’ve been named as a player-coach but I want to reiterate that I’m a player first and foremost – I still want to play for this team and get success."
"The coaching role is good – it means I can access the coaches a bit more. I get to learn from the likes of Gareth Taylor and Alan Mahon and it keeps that side going as well as playing."
Backing From The Boss
The England international joins newly appointed head coach, Gareth Taylor on the coaching staff who recently replaced Nick Cushing, after the latter joined fellow City Football Group club, New York City FC as assistant manager in February.
In a statement on the club website head coach, Taylor expressed his delight on Scott joining his coaching team: "I’m sure I speak on behalf of everybody at the Club when I say that I’m absolutely thrilled to have Jill not only sign a new contract, but also begin her professional coaching journey here at Manchester City."
“She is without doubt a true ambassador for the women’s game and we are extremely fortunate to have her with us."