West Ham Women complete signature of midfielder Ruby Grant
PUBLISHED: 20:36 15 August 2020 | UPDATED: 20:36 15 August 2020
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West Ham United Women have completed the signing of midfielder Ruby Grant ahead of the upcoming 2020/21 Women’s Super League season.
Grant had signed a deal with the University of North Carolina in the USA as she left Arsenal at the end of the 2019/20 season.
However due to the coronavirus pandemic Grant will now stay in the UK and has penned a short term deal at the Hammers.
She links up with the Irons on non-contract terms and is the sixth new player to join Matt Beard’s Hammers this summer, following Mackenzie Arnold, Maz Pacheco, Katerina Svitkova, Hawa Cissoko and Nor Mustafa to east London.
Grant made her breakthrough into the Arsenal first team during the 2018/19 campaign when, as a 16-year-old, the midfielder made five first team appearances, two of which were from the start.
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She went on to make her Arsenal Women’s Super League debut against Everton in a 4-0 victory in November 2018, replacing Jordan Nobbs who had to go off with an injury that ruled her out for the long-term.
The youngster was also named the Player of the Round in the FA Women’s Cup after scoring a hat-trick in the fourth-round 4-0 win over Crawley Wasps.
She would make a further two appearances for Arsenal in the Continental League Cup in the 2019/20 campaign.
The teenager played for the Gunners for the final time against Lewes in the FA Cup in February as Arsenal won 2-0 thanks to a debut Caitlin Foord strike and a late Danielle Van De Donk goal.
“I am extremely grateful to be here,” Grant told whufc.com. “To be working with the team here and with Matt is going to be really good. I’m hoping to get a lot from it and develop in the next couple of months.
“The Barclays FA WSL is a great league and it’s always be a dream of mine to play in this league. I’m hoping to get my head down, work hard, and get some good minutes under my belt.”
Head coach Matt Beard added: “I am delighted to welcome Ruby to West Ham United. “Due to the pandemic, Ruby has been training with us and I have been really impressed with her. She is a technically very gifted player, who can play in all three midfield positions, and is a great addition to our group.”
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