Man City put faith in youth by signing ex-Arsenal starlet Ruby Mace

Manchester City have secured the signing of England youth international and former Arsenal starlet Ruby Mace, showing incredible faith in the 17-year-old defender’s potential by handing her a long-term contract until 2024.

Despite her age, Mace played in the WSL for both Arsenal and Birmingham in 2020/21, spending the second half of the campaign with the latter. She made 16 appearances across all competitions for both clubs and is already one of the top rated young talents in the country.

Mace’s switch to City, who have produced players like Keira Walsh and Georgia Stanway from their junior ranks, will only serve to further her career. City also similarly signed Lauren Hemp when she was just 17 and the winger recently won her third PFA young player of the year award.

“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,” an excited Mace told

“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 commented, “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.

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Mace played 11 times during a 2021 loan at Birmingham / Visionhaus/Getty Images

“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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