OL reignThe build-up of the roster continued last month with the club announcing the arrival of the England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley on loan from Manchester City until June. The Loan spell will more than likely see her make a few appearances over the course of the NWSL Challenge Cup and first half of the regular season. Bardsley’s long road to recover from hamstring injury suffered at FIFA 2019 world Cup has only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which is why she sees this time at OL Reign as an opportunity to regain her top form and be part of something big the club is preparing for, like when she joined Manchester City seven and a half years ago:
The ambition of [OL Reign] was something that really turned me on. I remember feeling something quite similar when I first joined City seven and a half years ago. It was a very ambitious organization with plans to put in a big effort and I feel something similar … They are sort of rebuilding themselves, I hope there will be future investments in land training and a future stadium. Ultimately, it was about Farid and the methodology he wants to instill in the club. Obviously with his previous successes in Lyon, he knows his stuff. I think it’s going to take a little while to see the impact, but being a part of it, even just a small part, is something really important to me; and contributing where I can, on and off the pitch, is exciting to me from a more holistic perspective than football. I want to be challenged, whether it’s in goal, more sessions or whatever. I just want the coaching staff to push me, the players to push me and just be a badass.
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Album cover : Amy Camber
Introductory music: “A Brave Badger” by Sweet and Furious
Outro music: “Toxic Music” by Sweet and furious