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City have always been in my heart - Rachel
 Women's Football News 28 Jun 2004
City have always been in my heart - Rachel - 28 Jun 2004 - Women's Football NewsRachel McArthur has told Women's Soccer Scene that she is looking forward to coming 'home' next season, after finalising her move to hometown club Bristol City, the club she supports.
"It's great to be back," says the England midfielder. "I've only had one training session so it's very early days but I'm very much looking forward to it. I spent seven years at Bristol City, they're my first club so it's good to be back. They're in the top league so it should be a good and exciting season."
The newly promoted club have beaten other interested clubs to Rachel's signature, and she is keen to point out why. "City have always been in my heart really, I've always supported them. Manager Jack Edgar and Nick King, the Chairman, spoke to me about the club and how ambitious they are, and my mind was made up already to be honest."
On the other hand, it was also a wrench to leave Fulham after a lot of success. "It was very sad to leave Fulham - it was a big decision as I had four great years there, won the treble, won the FA Cup as well and it was a very successful time. But I felt it was time to move on, I've lived in London for four years and it was the time to come back to Bristol."
With Euro 2005 less than a year away, Rachel is very much in contention for an England squad place for the Championships. Is she concerned at all that this move might affect her prospects? "No, I don't see why it should harm me at all, I've just got to keep playing well to stay in the squad. Maybe people may think that Bristol City aren't as strong as other sides, but maybe we're going to prove some people wrong."
Which of Rachel's new team mates does she think can flourish in the National Division? "With playing on Sundays, I've not seen many of City's games although I watched them a couple of times at the end of last season. Michelle Munro, Carly Bryant and Jade Bailey are all good players but it's a very young side and hopefully we'll work together well and gel. We've got a hard pre-season and we'll make sure we do well in the top division.
"I don't think we're looking just at survival at all, I think we're looking higher. We are going out to try and win every game we can - I won't say we're looking at third from bottom as a good season. People might be looking at us as a team that might go down but halfway, or even above that, would be great."

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