Janine Beckie extends Manchester City contract until 2022
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With the footballing world mostly at a standstill amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Manchester City have secured their second new player contract since the footballing world was postponed, with Jess Park signing her first professional deal of her career last week.

Future secured until 2022

Since she departed Sky Blue FC and the NWSL in August of 2018, Janine Beckie has impressed with the Mancunian giants.

She has made a total of 46 appearances and netted 16 goals in her time so far with the blues, primarily playing as a winger.

However, since Aoife Mannion suffered an ACL injury whilst playing against Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Women's Champions League, Beckie has provided cover at right-back.

She often overlaps going forward, her attacking class showing against Chelsea in the blues' last WSL game when she set up Ellen White with a pinpoint cross.

The return of Esme Morgan, who has been on loan at Everton, and the eventual recovery of Mannion could allow Beckie to be utilised once again in an attacking position.

The contract extension comes amidst rumours from HLN in Belgium that Tessa Wullaert could be on the move in the summer, with Anderlecht ready to back their women's team and numerous other clubs such as Bayern Munich, PSV Eindhoven and Atletico Madrid also interested. This would leave a gap that Beckie could fill, and the Canadian international has looked increasingly good playing on the wing this year.

Beckie's thoughts

Speaking to mancity.com after she penned her new contract, the winger stated that she was very happy to extend her career with the blues:

“I am absolutely delighted to be extending my time here at City,” she said.

“The last two years have been more than I could have imagined and after the progress and memories I have made so far, there was no doubt when it came to making the decision to re-sign.

“The Club is committed to the growth of the women’s game and is continuing to produce one of the best environments for players in the world.

“I am very much looking forward to the next two years and adding my presence to a trophy-winning team."