Sunderland Ladies get major boost as captain agrees new contract
Sunderland Ladies have been handed a major boost after captain Keira Ramshaw agreed fresh terms to extend her stay at the club.
Sunderland are stepping up their preparations for the FA Women’s Championship campaign, having secured the return of popular defender Charlotte Potts earlier this week.
And with Ramshaw having played over 200 times for the club since her debut in 2010, many of those at the higher levels of the game, her new deal strengthens Melanie Reay’s options for the campaign ahead.
Ramshaw said: “It’s fantastic to stay here at a time when we’re really pushing forward as a club as we look to get back to where we belong.
“After some tough times for everyone recently, it’s great to get some positive news and I’m really happy to be a part of that. The club are fully behind us and I can’t wait to get started again this season.
“We’re up against some very good sides and you want to compete against teams with as much quality as possible. We have a great Sunderland family vibe, the togetherness here is fantastic, and we’re all just buzzing to be back on the pitch.”
Reay said that Ramshaw was ‘pivotal’ to what the club were trying to achieve.
“Keira is pivotal in what we’re trying to achieve at the football club," she said.
“She’s been here for so long, knows the club inside out and she’s a role model to the younger players in the squad.
“Keira has shown in previous seasons the class that she brings to the side. We’re hoping that young girls in the region can come to our games starting on August 29 and see players like Keira in action, to inspire them as the next generation.”
Speaking after sealing his return, Potts said the club was back ‘where it deserved to be’: “I can’t wait to get started back in a league where we definitely deserve to be. The ultimate aim is the Super League and that’s what we want to push towards. It sort of feels like fate – it’s great to be back.
“I have a great support network in the North East and I really want to try and keep promoting girls’ football here. It’s important that we have a really good platform for them.”