City sign Lauren Hemp
City are delighted to announce the signing of PFA Women’s Young Player of the Year Lauren Hemp.
The striker joins the Club from Bristol City, having bagged nine goals in an impressive 2017/18 campaign – including a stunning Goal of the Season contender against Arsenal.
The 17-year-old will wear the number 15 shirt for the Blues and is eager to continue her rapid development with the Club she admires most, working alongside her idols.
“I’m very excited to be here,” Hemp told ManCity.com. “It’s a massive opportunity for me and I can’t wait to get started.
“From a very young age, it’s always been City and to have the opportunity to play here is a dream come true, especially so early in my career.
“The facilities are amazing and the atmosphere seems so nice with the environment and the people. Playing against City for Bristol, I always looked up to the City players and now we’re going to be teammates.
"I can't wait.”
Hemp, who began her career at hometown club Norwich before making the move to Bristol aged just 16, describes her playing style as creative and direct. A natural goalscorer, she shines in the final third with her desire to run at players and create chances.
Watching fellow youngsters such as Georgia Stanway, Ellie Roebuck and Esme Morgan gain first team minutes at the Academy Stadium, Hemp added City’s dedication to player development and clear pathway were major factors in her decision.
“I’d like to improve my overall game,” she continued. “I’d also like to become more mature as a player.
“I think I’ll bring creativity to the team and an attacking threat. Hopefully, I can continue where I left off and show that through scoring goals and with regular gametime.
“I’m willing to put the hard work in and try my best every single day to become a better player and reach my potential. I’m hard-working, driven and passionate.”
Her new manager Nick Cushing declared: "We're really pleased to add Lauren to the team for next season.
"We're really excited about the way she plays the game - her speed, dribbling ability and goalscoring ability are there to be seen.
"She's an excellent player and we're excited to have the opportunity to work with her and bring out her potential to make her even better."
Hemp's ambition, attitude and impressive displays have earned the striker plenty of individual acclaim.
In addition to her PFA accolade, Hemp also scooped the England Young Player of the Year award in 2017 and was named a SportsAid 'One To Watch'.
Despite her youth and the attention surrounding her, the humble forward is determined to remain grounded in a bid to reach the highest level.
“It’s hard to take it all in,” she admitted. “I’m still quite shocked to have won the awards I have done but I’m going to keep working as hard as I can to get more.
“I want to keep improving as a player and coming here will help me to reach my full potential.
“I’m very hungry and that helps me to be more driven.”