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Manchester City Women have completed their fourth signing of the off-season, with the capture of Sarah Wiltshire.
The forward joins the club from Yeovil and has previously featured for Arsenal and Watford. She signed for the Glovers during the 2014 FA Women's Super League 2 season and went on to net 11 goals in 16 games, finishing the season as their top scorer.
The youngster has made a name for herself as a prolific striker, having notched a fine goalscoring record at every level she's played at. She is now relishing the challenge of coming up against some of the country's best defenders in the top flight for the first time with City.
"I'm really happy to be here," she declared. "I really enjoyed my time with Yeovil but it's always been my dream to play at the highest level and to play for such a great club.
"It was a big shock when I found out City were interested in me. I didn't know what I was going to do next season anyway and then they came in and I couldn't turn them down.
"There's no better place to come and play football every day. The facilities here are amazing. It's overwhelming."
With the ability to play as an attacking midfielder as well as a striker, Wiltshire brings with her the bonus of versatility.
When asked to describe her playing style, she replied: "I can play either on the wing or in the hole. I like running with the ball and getting behind the defence, having shots, crossing the ball, assisting or scoring.
"I always try to work hard and I'm really looking forward to the challenge of playing in the FA Women's Super League."
Having competed for England at youth level, Wiltshire opted to represent Wales' senior side and has made 31 appearances, scoring eight times.It was during an international game City manager Nick Cushing spotted the youngster and her potential.
"Sarah is a player I don't think anyone expected us to sign," he admitted. "She's come from the FA WSL 2 and first came to our attention when we went to watch the Wales versus England game in Cardiff.
"What we saw was somebody that - although England won that game comfortably - was playing for Wales and showed a real effort and enthusiasm. That's everything we want in our players.
"Mentally, we want them to work hard regardless of the score and bring a real effort and application to the game they are in.
"We saw that in her and when we watched clips of her, realised she is a really talented footballer. We feel we can improve her and take her to the next level, while she will add some real value to the squad.
"She scored a lot of goals last year for Yeovil so we're really excited about her. To get her playing in the FA WSL 1 shows she's been rewarded for her effort and quality."
Yeovil manager Jamie Sherwood admitted: "It is everyone's dream to be offered a professional football playing contract and Sarah deserves this opportunity. She is a hard working, committed and a talented young lady and Manchester City are gaining a special talent.
"I have known Sarah for three years and worked with her for two years and I am very proud that Sarah has received this offer off the back of her time with Yeovil Town. This just goes to show if you take your opportunities and perform consistently that you can achieve your dreams.
"I have a heavy heart seeing Sarah depart but she goes with my full and continued support. I will be proud to see a Manchester City shirt with Wiltshire on the back."
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