MCWFC sign Daphne Corboz
Manchester City Women have strengthened their squad ahead of the season's restart, with the capture of 22-year-old attacking midfielder Daphne Corboz.
The playmaker joins the club from Georgetown University in America, having turned down medical school to follow her dream of playing professional football.
Although she admits it was a tough decision to make the move across the Atlantic, the youngster is confident she made the right choice and cannot wait to tackle the English league.
"Football is my passion," she smiled. "I'm really excited to be here and get the season started.
"Seeing all the facilities here during my first visit really blew me away. I feel like there's no better place to play football.
"It was a very big first impression and that's what convinced me to come here.
"Of course, it was really difficult to make the decision to come all the way to England but for my development, I thought it was the best option. Thinking of it that way made it a lot easier.
"Holding off medical school for a few years was hard. Growing up, education was the most important part of my life. When I got into medical school, it was a pretty big deal - but the prospect of playing here definitely lured me away from that for the time being.
"A lot of people have questioned me on my choice but football is what I love and it's what I want to do.
"Playing for City - a club everybody knows in the United States - is huge. Most people don't believe I'm playing for such a big club.
"I think more American players will start to come to England now and the league will definitely grow. The success England Women had in the World Cup can only be beneficial for the league here."
In addition to an explosive record of goals and assists throughout her career, Corboz was named Female Athlete of the Year at her university.
She also comes from a footballing family (her brother, sister and father) and brings with her international experience. She recently played a role in her country's Four Nations triumph at under-23 level.
She stated: "Playing with the U23 US national team is always an honour and I learn so much every time I go so it was a great experience as usual.
"Being chosen to play for the US national team is probably a career highlight - so far."
When asked of her ambitions for the coming campaign, she replied: "I hope the team are able to take one of the Champions League spots and win the league and Continental Cup.
"In terms of my career hopes, I love football so to develop myself is my goal and I really feel I'm at the best place in the world to do that."
Delighted with his latest addition, manager Nick Cushing declared: "She's a young player with real potential, a very good work ethic and she loves football so she'll fit into this squad really well.
"Daphne has really good technique and she's an aggressive attacking player - she likes to receive the ball and really drive forward and make things happen, whether that's for herself or other players.
"We'd seen her in a few of her college games and she had a really good record so she'll really improve the team in attacking areas. She's also a very fit footballer and she'll be able to play box-to-box which is something this team needs."