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Leandra becomes Women's skipper

5 September 2020

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Sheffield United Women can confirm defender Leandra Little will captain the club ahead of the new FA Women's Championship campaign.

Little joined the club last summer from Liverpool and was a regular in the side at the heart of the Blades defence last season, starting 16 of the club's 21 games in all competitions.

The 35-year-old is one of the most experienced players in the game and was previously Doncaster Rovers Belles club captain under Neil Redfearn and led the team to the title two years ago.

Striker Katie Wilkinson will remain as vice-captain and Little is looking forward to once again leading a team into a new season.

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"It's a massive honour. I'm always really privileged to pull on an armband and lead a team out and this is no different. It's just about wanting to be the best I can in terms of supporting everyone both on and off the pitch and that will be my intention when it comes to the captaincy this season."

On her vice-captain, Little added: "Wilko is very passionate, you see that on the pitch every single time she plays. She wants us to play with those high standards on the pitch. We complement each other well I think, we laugh about it sometimes that we're good cop, bad cop, but we do work well together and being in different areas of the pitch, we can ensure messages get to other players on the pitch in different positions.

Blades head coach Redfearn added: "It was an easy choice. She's a vastly experienced player and she's a leader. She's got great humility which you need for a leader and she's popular among the team.

"She's a driving force on the pitch for us and with Wilko as vice-captain, she's another leader and she's at the height of her powers as a footballer. We've got two leaders in central positions within the team which is fantastic for us."


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