The Manchester City Women Official Supporters’ Club were delighted with the news released by the club last night that youngster Jess Park has signed her first professional contract, a deal which will keep her at The Academy Stadium until 2023.
Jess has been a prolific goalscorer at junior levels for both Manchester City and England for a number of seasons. Ever since she made her senior debut, the step up has been one which she has handled with typical assurance and confidence.
After making her first team bow when she came off the bench in an FA Women’s Continental League Cup tie at Doncaster Rovers Belles in 2017, she went on to make her first start early in the 2018/2019 season in a fixture against Leicester City in the same competition. The FA Women’s Continental League Cup continued to be a good tournament for Jess as later in that same season she notched her inevitable first two goals in ties against Sheffield United and Aston Villa. This was combined with a mass of goals notched in Manchester City’s Elite Development Squad throughout the season.
The 2019/2020 campaign has seen Jess enjoy a lot more involvement in the first team squad and she has been confident and assured when called upon. As well as a number of substitute appearances, she has also had her fair share of starts including in a UEFA Women’s Champions League tie against Swiss club FF Lugano 1976.
The early highlight of Jess’ Manchester City career and one that will have brought her to the attention of a wider audience, was her performance in the 10-0 Women’s FA Cup fifth round victory over Ipswich Town in February, a record scoreline in the club’s professional era. She was one of three players to grab a hat-trick along with Pauline Bremer and Georgia Stanway and her typical clinical finishing resulted in many fans commenting that her goals were the pick of the bunch. This was an achievement that saw the OSC present Jess with one of our signed Manchester City Women OSC match balls that we traditionally award to all of our hat-trick scorers.
As supporters, we are always very excited when a young talent arises from within the club’s youth ranks and this week’s news has confirmed what we know already really, that Jess is a real prospect. When both myself and Jayne Comer (our OSC secretary) were recently asked on a podcast to name a player for the future at Manchester City, we both went with Jess as our choice.
We look forward to seeing more of her in the future and we will be supporting her in every step of her career with Manchester City.