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Manchester City are delighted to announce the signing of PFA Women's Young Player of the Year Lauren Hemp.
The striker joins the Club from Bristol City, having bagged nine goals in an impressive 2017-18 campaign - including a stunning Goal of the Season contender against Arsenal.
The 17-year-old will wear the number 15 shirt for the Blues and is eager to continue her rapid development with the Club she admires most, working alongside her idols.
"I'm very excited to be here," said Hemp on signing. "It's a massive opportunity for me and I can't wait to get started.
"From a very young age, it's always been City and to have the opportunity to play here is a dream come true and to have it so early.
"The facilities are amazing and the atmosphere seems so nice with the environment and the people. They are all my role models and for them to now be my team mates. I just can't wait."
Hemp, who began her career at hometown club Norwich before making the move to Bristol aged just 16, describes her playing style as creative and direct. A natural goalscorer, she shines in the final third with her desire to run at players and create chances.
Watching fellow youngsters such as Georgia Stanway, Ellie Roebuck and Esme Morgan gain first team minutes at the Academy Stadium, Hemp added City's dedication to player development and clear pathway were major factors in her decision.
"I'd like to improve my overall game," she continued. "I'd also like to become more mature as a player.
"I'm willing to put the hard work in and try my best every single day to become a better player and reach my potential. I'm quite hard working, driven and passionate, which I hope I will bring here to the club.
"[I'm looking forward to working with] the more experienced players, like Steph [and] Nikita Parris, because they're the ones from a young age I've looked up to, want to be like, and now to actually be on the pitch with them each week will be an honour for me."
Her new manager Nick Cushing declared: "We're really pleased to add Lauren to the team for next season. We're really excited about the way she plays the game - her speed, dribbling ability and goalscoring ability are there to be seen."
Hemp's ambition, attitude and impressive displays have earned the striker plenty of individual acclaim. In addition to her PFA accolade, Hemp also scooped the England Young Player of the Year award in 2017 and was named a SportsAid 'One To Watch'.
"It's hard to take it all in," she admitted. "I'm still shocked that I've won the awards that I have. I still keep working as hard as I can to keep improving as a player, because that's what I want to do, and coming here will help me reach my full potential.
"For me personally, winning the PFA Young Player of the Year [biggest achievement to date]. For me, it was a massive achievement up against the players I was alongside, like Gabby George and Keira Walsh. To be alongside them and to actually win it, I was very shocked and that was a dream come true.
"Short term, I want to get game time and long term, on the international stage, I hope to break into the U20s and then hopefully the seniors as well and to keep enjoying my football, keep playing and wanting to improve. I'm very fortunate that Man City have recognised this and have picked me to hopefully move the Club forward and help them improve as much as possible."
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