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Roebuck pens contract extension

NEW DEAL: Ellie Roebuck puts pen to paper on a contract extension
Ellie Roebuck has committed her immediate future to City, penning a two-year contract extension.

The youngster follows in fellow goalkeeper Karen Bardsley’s footsteps in signing a new deal with the Club until the end of the 2020/21 campaign.

READ: Bardsley signs new City deal

WATCH: Bardsley | 'City have delivered on promises'

The 19-year-old has already clocked up 42 appearances in sky blue, helping Nick Cushing’s side to two FA Women’s Cups, one league title, a Continental Cup and two Champions League semi-finals.

Making waves as one of the most promising young talents in the English game, Roebuck asserts she is in the perfect place to continue her development.

“I’m delighted to have signed a new deal to be here for two more years,” she told CityTV.

“It’s an exciting time for the Club and I’m glad to be part of it. I love being here and I have plenty of friends here, which makes a lot of difference. For me, it was a no-brainer.

“I feel I’m in the best place for my development. Nick puts trust in young players and that reflects on and off the pitch. You’re pushed to improve week in, week out and I’m glad to be part of it.

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“Since I signed at 15, everything has been plain sailing. In that aspect, I’ve been pretty lucky. Four years have flown by ridiculously quickly and I’m sure these two years will too.”

Since making her debut in 2016, Roebuck has blossomed, thriving from being thrown in the deep end and learning from close friend and teammate – England’s number one, Bardsley.

Although she has already achieved so much in her youth, the Sheffield-born shot-stopper is remaining patient and grounded, as she looks to continue her rapid progress, which has even heralded a senior England cap.

“There’s only one position to fight for so in that aspect, it’s the hardest position on the pitch,” she reflected.

“We want stability within the team so it’s good to have that level of competition. Training every day at that level is only going to benefit me, KB and the team.

                        Roebuck pens contract extension

“The experience KB has had and the things she teaches me have been invaluable. I’ve learned so much from her already and I hope to do the same over the next two years.

“Our relationship is never in question. We have such a good relationship on and off the pitch and whoever is playing earns respect, no matter what.

“I try not to overthink things. I focus on myself and what I’m doing, day by day, trying my best and it’s worked for me so far.

“Everything has happened in such a short space of time. I can’t believe what I’ve achieved at this stage in my career. I ever expected to make my England debut as a teenager, especially.

“In terms of long-term targets, club-wise, it’s everyone’s dream to win the Champions League. We’ve made the semi-finals in previous years and I genuinely believe we can take it one step further and win it. That would be incredible.

“On a personal level, I want to play in Cup Finals and win those trophies by playing on the pitch. That would be pretty special.

“Internationally too, there are a big few years coming up and they have to be in my sights.”

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