New Zealand U-20 international Ruby Nathan has signed with women’s A-League club Canberra United.
Nathan (17) has played her senior club football for Auckland United since joining the club from Eastern Suburbs in 2021.
Canberra United head coach Njegosh Popovich said:
“Ruby is a quality addition to our ranks, and will no doubt have an important part to play in our 2023/24 Liberty A-League season.
“We have been monitoring her for a while and have been impressed with the displays that she has put in at international level for the various New Zealand age grade representative teams.
“Ruby is a tall striker who can operate anywhere along the front line and brings a lot of experience of tournament football despite her youthful age. I am sure that she will settle perfectly into our group as she possesses the characteristics that we look for in our young players.”
Nathan was a member of the Junior Football Ferns who played at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica and represented New Zealand at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in India.
She won the Golden Boot award at the OFC U-19 Championships in Fiji, scoring eight goals, including two in the final victory over the host nation in Suva.
Main photo: Ruby Nathan playing for New Zealand against Solomon Islands at the OCF U-19 Championships in July. Photo: Kirk Corrie / Phototek.
“I am extremely excited by the opportunity that joining Canberra United will provide me and can’t wait to get started.
“I have always wanted to test myself at the top level and feel that joining a club like Canberra in the Liberty A-League is the natural next step for my career as they have a reputation for helping young players to flourish.
“I have heard excellent things about the club and have heard that the supporter base is large and enthusiastic. I am looking forward to working with the fantastic players that are at the club and to repaying the faith the coaching staff have shown in me.”