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Upminster footballer signs three-year deal with Manchester City

Ruby Mace plays for England (Credit: Manchester City)

A 17-year-old footballer from Upminster has signed for Manchester City. 

Ruby Mace, who attended Coopers’ Company and Corborn School, has agreed to a three-year contract after previously playing for Arsenal in their youth team. 

She made her senior debut for the Gunners in a 4-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur in the quarter-finals of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup last September. 

The highly-rated teenager also played against Chelsea and London City Lionesses in the Continental Tyres League Cup and against Brighton & Hove Albion and Spurs in the FA WSL.

Ruby Mace is “happy and excited” to join Manchester City (Credit: Manchester City)

 Ruby joined Birmingham City in February but is eligible to play for both sides under dual registration.

She has played eleven matches for them so far, scoring twice against West Ham and Reading. 

“I’m so happy and excited to join Manchester City,” said Ruby. “As a 17-year-old, it’s the biggest moment in my short career so far.

“I’ve got so much to learn and develop in my game and I feel this is the best environment for me to achieve my dreams.

ÔÇťAmazing players, an amazing Club and amazing coaches! I’d also like to thank Arsenal for all they have done for me to get me to this point.”

Ruby is also an international with England, currently at the Under-19 level.

She made her debut by captaining against Scotland in the under-15s in October 2017 and scored her first goal against Switzerland soon after. 

Manchester City head coach Gareth Taylor said: “We’re thrilled to have added Ruby to our squad here at Manchester City – she’s a talented player who we feel has a very bright future ahead of her.

“She’s already proven that she can make her mark in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and we’re really looking forward to working with her in the coming seasons.

“We’ve had a number of young players make their mark here at City in recent years and hopefully Ruby will be the next one in that long line of success stories.”

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