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Man City make double signing
 Women's Football FA WSL news - 22 Jun 2021
FA WSL news - Man City make double signing - 22 Jun 2021 - Women's Football NewsManchester City Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Jamaica striker Khadija Shaw on a three-year deal, subject to work visa and international clearance, as well as England youth international Ruby Mace, also on a three-year contract.
24-year-old Shaw, better known as "Bunny", will move to the Academy Stadium at the start of July following the conclusion of her current contract with Division 1 Feminine side Bordeaux.
Born in Spanish Town, Jamaica, Shaw's foray into the game started with Eastern Florida State College Titans where she earned NSCAA first-team National Junior College Athletic Association All-America honours in 2016.
Transferring to the University of Tennessee in 2017, she was named in the All-SEC first team in both her seasons there alongside being awarded the SEC Offensive Player of the Year accolade in 2018.
Also figuring for WPSL side Florida Krush, the forward moved to France in the summer of 2019 and made her professional debut against FC Fleury 91 in August of that year, scoring twice in a 4-1 win.
Finding the back of the net ten times in 15 appearances in her first season at the club, Shaw didn't rest on her laurels last term and scored 24 times in 21 appearances in all competitions.
Also a seasoned international with her homeland of Jamaica, the 5ft 11in forward represented her country at various youth levels before making her debut for the senior side in a 6-0 win over the Dominican Republic in August 2015, scoring twice in that fixture.
Since then, she has recorded an impressive 42 goals in 30 appearances for the Reggae Girlz - making her their all-time leading goalscorer - including a brace against new team mate Caroline Weir's Scotland side in a friendly at Hampden Park in May 2019.
Ahead of the upcoming 2021-22 Barclays FA Women's Super League season meanwhile, Shaw will make her first move into the English game and has signed a contract that will keep her at the Academy Stadium until the summer of 2024.
Speaking about her move, she said: "It feels amazing to be a Manchester City player. I chose this Club because I want to be a part of the environment, the culture and to play for this amazing team.
"I want to be tested and there is so much experience in the team here, so I know I will learn a lot from everybody around me.
"I grew up as a City fan, and I even have some family members who live in Manchester - when I told them about my move, they were so happy and excited.
"I've always watched the English game and it's something that I've always wanted to be a part of - the Barclays FA WSL is growing and developing tremendously, and I feel as though this is the perfect move for me."
Head Coach Gareth Taylor added: "We're delighted to welcome Khadija to Manchester City. She's a very talented young player and we're pleased that we've been able to add her to our already productive forward line.
"She's enjoyed a successful couple of years in France with Bordeaux and the fact that she finished as the league's top scorer this past campaign speaks volumes about the calibre of player that she is.
"Her form on the international stage is incredibly impressive too and we're very much looking forward to working with her over the coming seasons."
Managing Director Gavin Makel concluded: "Khadija is one of the most exciting up and coming talents within the women's game.
"Her goalscoring record over the last couple of seasons is up there with some of the best in the world and we hope that she will continue that in the sky blue of Manchester City."
Highly rated 17-year-old Ruby Mace has signed her first professional contract having previously been on the books of Arsenal in their youth ranks, with her set to wear the number 30.
Mace made her senior debut for the Gunners in September 2020 against Tottenham Hotspur in the Vitality Women's FA Cup quarter finals, replacing captain Kim Little late on in a 4-0 victory.
Figuring a handful more times for the first team, including against Chelsea and London City Lionesses in the Continental Tyres League Cup and in FA WSL fixtures against Brighton & Hove Albion and Spurs, the teenager joined Birmingham City in February 2021. Eligible to play for both sides under dual registration, she played eleven times in total for the Blues, scoring twice against West Ham United and Reading.
Also an international with England at various age groups and currently at Under-19 level, she made her debut for the Under-15s in October 2017 against Scotland, captaining the side that day, before scoring her first goal for her homeland against Switzerland soon after.
Ahead of the upcoming 2021-22 season, Mace has put pen to paper on a three-year deal with City that will keep her at the Club until the summer of 2024.
Speaking about her move, she said: "I'm so happy and excited to join Manchester City.
"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.
"Amazing 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."
Head Coach Gareth Taylor added: "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."
Manchester City Women Managing Director Gavin Makel concluded: "We're delighted to welcome Ruby to the Club, who is one of the most exciting young talents in England.
"We know the potential that she has, and we are looking forward to working with her to develop
that further."

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