Janine Beckie of Manchester City Women Manchester City Women v Liverpool Women, WSL football match, Academy Stadium, Manchester, UK - 01 Dec 2019 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

Canadian international full of praise for Manchester City’s flexibility

Canadian international forward Janine Beckie has praised Manchester City’s flexibility with player circumstances during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The suspension of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League in March left some overseas stars in limbo over whether to remain in the UK or to travel home, however, Canadian attacker Beckie has hailed the approach taken by Manchester City throughout the crisis.

When speaking in an official Canada Soccer Nation webinar this evening in which FA Women’s Super League Full-Time were present, Beckie said “We (Canada) were in France for a tournament out there and I travelled back to England where I was in the facility for just one day before they told us that we had to shut down for a week.

“Its crazy now to think that they were saying a week before all of this. As things quickly developed, my club reached out to me and told me that they would like me to be where I am most comfortable.

“I am very thankful that they allowed me to fly home, I flew back to Denver around 17 March.”

Representatives at both Canada Soccer and Manchester City have worked collaboratively to help support Beckie during a tough 12-week period and the player went on to express her appreciation for the open approach taken by all parties.

“It has been almost three months since I have been in England” added Beckie. “It has been a week-by-week thing, I have had multiple conversations with Cesar (Head of Physical Performance at Canada Soccer), we’ve had conversations with my support team at City and have gone on the same call and tried to get me doing something that is going to prepare me the best for when things start up.

“I am super-appreciative of the open line of communication and the flexibility.

“I have been able to access a pitch during the entire time (of being in the United States), so that has been really great and I have some friends here that I have been able to train with, we’ve kept our circles really small.

“I’m not very good at taking time off so I have really had to lock myself down and give myself a bit of a rest because when things start up again, its going to be another year before we get a bit more time off.”

With UK lockdown restrictions easing and the return of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League pencilled in for early September, Beckie’s attentions will turn back to her life in England next week as she looks forward to her third campaign as a Manchester City player. Ahead of leaving the United States, the player told us that the support network offered by her national team has helped her push on for next season.

Beckie said “I fly back to England this weekend and hopefully, things start to take shape in the next month or so.

“Its an interesting time, I am more thankful for our environment as a national team now than I have ever been.

“To see all of us stay so close, keep the communication open and take steps forward at this time has been really incredible.

“I’ve worked on my strength, I have worked on my speed and have really been challenged.”

After an excellent 2019/2020 campaign with Manchester City, Beckie signed a new two-year deal at The Academy Stadium in April. As someone who likes to really challenge herself, she will be hoping to kick on further throughout her extended stay in England.

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