Canadian forward Janine Beckie joined City in August 2018 on a one-year deal from Sky Blue FC, having also represented Houston Dash and Texas Tech University.
One of the most exciting young talents, the 23-year-old - a dual-citizen of Canada and the US - spent her early life in Saskatchewan before moving to Colorado. During her time at University, she became the all-time leading goalscorer with a remarkable 57 career goals.
Beckie would rewrite history once more on the international stage. After making her international debut for Canada's Under-20s, she was promoted to the senior squad and netted three goals at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, helping her country to a bronze medal.
On the breezy afternoon of 3 August 2016, she bagged a goal that would forever mark her international playing career. A proverbial blink-and-you’d-miss-it affair, Beckie lasered in a pass from Christine Sinclair before most spectators had even fully settled into their seats - a feat that anointed her the holder of the record for fastest-ever goal scored in Olympics games history.
Then, she stopped for a breath and looked up at the clock: nearly the entire match, a battle against Australia at Sao Paulo’s Corinthians Arena, still stretched ahead. Just 20 seconds in, Beckie had decisively steered the game in Canada’s favour.
Beckie’s college and club career along the way, had too proven similarly decorated. At University in Lubbock, Texas, her 57 goals, which cemented her spot as the all-time leading women’s scorer, earned her the eighth overall 2016 NWSL College Draft Pick in the US women’s league.
Her stint at Sky Blue brought Beckie to CityTV in New York on the day she completed her medical and paperwork, though in fact, neither of her two NWSL teams will prove unfamiliar to close followers of City.
The forward has played alongside Carli Lloyd, who of course spent the 2017 on loan in Manchester from the Houston Dash, bringing back to the States the kinds of raves and accolades that only made Beckie’s transfer opportunity more appealing.
Soon, Beckie should draw similar accolades in return. As a former multi-sport athlete in high school - besides football, she played basketball and ran track - she hopes to bring plenty of that overall athletic prowess and power to her new club.
While she can offer a distinctly North American physicality, she also spoke highly of her skill and tactical development in NWSL as crucial to her step forward to Manchester.
At City, she’s hungry to further combine strength and speed with the Club’s brand of beautiful football, and the challenge will not stop, she said, until the squad comes within grasp of some silverware.