ARSENAL teen Ruby Mace has joined Birmingham City until the end of the season.
The 17-year-old is a duel signing, meaning she will remain a registered player with the Arsenal academy and can compete in youth games with the Gunners.
The defender shared the news via Instagram and said she was “delighted” to be joining Blues.
She said: “I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity to loan out to Birmingham, I’m forever grateful for the opportunity.”
The news was welcomed by fellow Blues stars who shared their well wishes on the post.
Christie Murray said: “Looking forward to playing with you Ruby! Welcome to Blues.”
And Abbi grant added: “Welcome girl.”
Boss Carla Ward also expressed her joy over Mace’s loan move.
She said: “I am delighted that Arsenal have allowed us the opportunity to work with Ruby, she’s a gifted young player with so much potential.
“This a great opportunity for her to come in and get valuable WSL experience and add some real quality to the group.”
The move will suit Mace as she is likely to get more playing time with Blues after falling down the pecking order at the Emirates.
Her first team opportunities have been limited since a host of stars returned from injury, meaning Mace hasn’t featured in any games since November.
Blues fans won’t have to wait long to see the England national in action as it is rumoured she could make her debut against Everton this weekend.
It is hoped that she can add some steel to their defence and help them improve on their WSL position where they currently languish in 8th place.