Gemma Walsh named Wigan Women’s Captain ahead of 2018 season
Walsh has played 15 times for England at three World Cups
- Rachel Thompson to Vice-captain the side
Gemma Walsh has today been appointed captain of the Wigan Warriors Women’s team in 2018.
Walsh, 34, has represented England in three World Cups earning 15 caps as well as captaining the national side.
A natural stand-off, she has previously played for Featherstone Rovers (formerly Wakefield Panthers) for 15 years and will now make history as she becomes the first player to captain the Warriors Women’s side. Fellow England player, Rachel Thompson, has been appointed vice captain.
The Warriors have created a Women’s team over the past six months and the team will compete in the 2018 Women’s Super League.
Speaking on the appointment, Walsh said: “It’s a massive honour for me to be named captain of the Wigan team. It is probably one of the biggest honours of my career even after having captained England.
“Being a massive Wigan fan and then getting the chance not only to play for the team but to be asked to be captain, it’s a bit of a dream come true.”
Walsh is looking forward to her new role, and has every confidence in her team as they embark on their first ever season in the Women’s Super League: “I think we’ve got as good of a chance as anybody in the Women’s Super League this year. A lot of the teams that have been brought in are relatively new teams so they’re going through the same processes that we are going through.
“We’ve got an excellent team and every chance of being up there and playing in some finals, hopefully to win some silverware as well in the season. We’ve got some brilliant coaches and a good group of backroom staff to push on and have a good history making first season, so it’s all really exciting,” She added.
Women’s Head Coach, Amanda Wilkinson, said: “It’s been clear since Gemma’s first session with the team that she is a natural leader and with her wealth of experience I couldn’t think of anyone better to captain the side.
“Gemma actually came out of retirement to play for Wigan and I’m delighted she did because she has so much to offer. Alongside Rachel we have two experienced players who can really lead the team.
“Half of the squad are new to the game so it’s been a real learning experience for them but when I look back at where we came from to where we are now I’m very proud of the progress we’ve made and thankful to the players and the coaching staff. We’re all just excited for the season to begin now.”
The fixtures for the 2018 Women’s Super League will be announced tomorrow.