Natasha Harding: USA move was easy decision - Wales striker

Natasha Harding
Natasha Harding joined Bristol Academy from Cardiff City in 2012

Wales forward Natasha Harding has said joining Washington Spirit was one of the easiest decisions she has had to make.

Harding has left Bristol Academy and will become only the second Welsh player after Jess Fishlock to play in the National Women's Soccer League.

The 25-year-old says playing in the United States is something that she has always wanted to do.

"I made my decision within an hour," she said.

"It was an easy decision but a hard decision to leave Bristol. It's an opportunity you can't say no to. I can't wait to get out there now."

Caerphilly-born Harding leaves a Bristol Academy side that has reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time in their history.

She made her final appearance in the last-16 second leg tie against Barcelona in November and admits to having mixed feelings about leaving the club she joined from Cardiff City in 2012.

Harding sought the advice of Wales team-mate Jess Fishlock, who has played in the National Women's Soccer League for the past two seasons with Seattle Reign.

"She's helped me a lot and she's given me really good advice," Harding added.

"I'm sure when I'm out there I'll have a lot of questions she will answer and she will always be a great help and a great friend to me.

"It's massive for the Welsh team and just shows how good we were last year and I think it can be only be a massive thing for Welsh football."