Canberra United are pleased to announce the addition of New Zealand U20 international Ruby Nathan to their ranks for the forthcoming Liberty A-League season.

Nathan, a strong running forward who has been playing club football in her native New Zealand, was a member of the Junior Football Ferns who played at the U20 World Cup in Costa Rica and travelled to the U17 Women’s World Cup in India for the Young Ferns.

“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,” Canberra United Head Coach Njegosh Popovich commented.

“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 attacker who can operate anywhere along the front line, or deeper, 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, who won the Golden Boot award at the 2023 OFC U19 Championships in Fiji, scoring eight goals including a brace in the Final victory over the host nation in Suva, is looking forward to the opportunity the move presents.

“I am extremely excited by the opportunity that joining Canberra United will provide me and can’t wait to get started,” Nathan said.

“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.”

Ruby Nathan has committed to Canberra United for the 2023/2024 season, and you can too! Memberships for the new Liberty A-League campaign are on sale now and you can purchase yours here.


Name: Ruby Nathan

Date of Birth: 11 October 2005

Place of Birth: Auckland, New Zealand

Position: Forward

Apps: Uncapped

Previous Clubs: Auckland United, Baradene College