Everyone at the Manchester City Women Official Supporters’ Club were delighted to hear the news earlier this week that Janine Beckie has signed a new two-year contract extension with Manchester City.
Janine has been an extremely popular and valuable addition to the squad since joining Manchester City from Sky Blue FC in 2018.
Ostensibly signed as a forward, Janine soon started banging in goals regularly including four in an FA Women’s Continental League Cup tie against Sheffield United in December 2018. Early in the 2019/2020 season, Janine showed her exceptional versatility by becoming the unexpected solution to Manchester City’s right full-back conundrum on a number of occasions. As is generally excepted, the modern full-back role is one of the most demanding of all positions. The expectation to attack from the flanks whilst still performing defensive duties is one that manager Nick Cushing obviously thought Janine could perform, even if the decision did result in a few a few raised eyebrows in the press box and in the stands. Any misconceptions were soon dispelled as Janine performed week in, week out in her adopted position with fantastic adaptability.
Her international career with Canada has continued to flourish and she was an integral part of the squad as they qualified for the Olympic Games in early 2020 (unfortunately, the Olympic Games have now been postponed until 2021 due to Covid-19).
Janine’s fantastic performances have been noted many times this season by our OSC members who have voted her as our Player of the Match on several occasions in our post-game polls. She is bound to be a front runner in our 2019/2020 Manchester City Women OSC Player of the Season vote which we still hope to run when football returns or whenever it is possible.
The news of Janine’s contract signing has been warmly greeted by all of our members. She has always been supportive of the OSC and we had a great time with her recently at The National Football Museum when she was a guest speaker at their STRIP event about the history of football kits.
Her signing has given everybody a real lift at this difficult time. We cannot wait to get back to supporting her and the team whenever that is possible and we are sure that her unbelievable play and standards are set to continue for the foreseeable future.