Manchester City defender Esme Morgan has signed a new three-year contract extension to stay at the City Football Academy.
Morgan, 21, who joined City at the age of 14 and made her first team debut in September 2017 – against Yeovil Town – aged just 16, will be staying with her childhood team until the summer of 2025.
The versatile defender spent 2019/20 out on loan with WSL side Everton to get regular first team experience and following her return to the club in May 2020 she made 25 appearances in all competitions across City’s backline.
She also netted her first senior goal against Birmingham City in the 2020/21 season.
After featuring in the first four games of the 2021/22 season Morgan sustained a fractured leg against Tottenham in September which has seen her sidelined for the majority of the current campaign.
Despite the injury setback, Morgan has been rewarded for her efforts with the new contract extension.
Speaking after putting pen to paper, Morgan said: “I’m so excited to sign a new contract.
“I’ve been a City fan my whole life and it’s no secret that I’ve got intentions of staying here for a long time.
“The decision to extend my contract felt like the perfect one for me to make at this time in my career as I continue to develop and hopefully push on to be a more regular player for City in an amazing environment.
“Having my injury this season and being more of a fan myself again has reignited my desire to get back playing and when that happens, it’ll probably feel like my debut all over again.
“In my mind, when I make my comeback, it’ll be starting a new journey and a new chapter in my time at this Club and I can’t wait to pull the shirt back on and play in front of our fans again.”
Gareth Taylor, Manchester City Women Head Coach, added: “It’s fantastic news that Esme has signed a contract extension with us – having her for the next three years is a real coup for us as a Club as she’s a very exciting young talent.
“She has shown over the last few seasons just what a gifted and versatile player she is and at just 21, she only has her best years ahead of her which is an incredible thought.
“The dedication and hard work she has shown throughout her rehabilitation this season just sums up how fantastic she is, both on and off the pitch, and we’re looking forward to continuing to help her to develop over the next few years and beyond.”