BIRMINGHAM City Ladies star Mel Lawley thanked the club’s supporters after it was revealed the flying winger had joined Women’s Super League champions Manchester City Women.
Lawley, a firm fans’ favourite at the Automated Technology Group Stadium, will officially head to the north west for an undisclosed fee once the transfer window opens next month.
The 22-year-old, Blues Ladies’ player of the season in 2015, played a key role as the club finished fourth in WSL1 in 2016 and also reached the Continental Tyres Cup final.
Lawley said on Twitter: “A special mention and a big thank you to all the Blues fans for the support you’ve given me over the years, means a lot! Will miss you all. #KRO.”
She added: “Delighted to be joining @ManCityWomen and being given the opportunity to fulfil my ambitions.”
Lawley joined Blues in 2013 following a short spell at Bristol Academy WFC and made a total of 86 appearances. She was part of the Blues squad which reached the UEFA Champions League semi-finals in 2014.
On the national stage, she has also progressed through the England youth ranks and was most recently selected as part of the England ‘Next Generation’ squad.
New Birmingham manager Marc Skinner said: “I would like to personally thank Mel for her services to the club and wish her well in her new venture.
“Mel is a great example of how taking a chance on a young promising player can pay dividends in the future.
“We continue to look forward to helping all of our players on their personal football journeys.”