Ladies skipper relishing new adventure.
Sunderland WFC captain Steph Bannon says she cannot wait to lead the Lady Black Cats out in the Women’s Super League (WSL) in 2014.
Bannon, who skippered the ladies to their third consecutive FA Women’s Premier League title this season, told safc.com she’ll be honoured to lead her side in the elite level of women’s football.
And Bannon says the granting of the licence for Mick Mulhern’s side is a fitting end result following the hard work that has gone in both on and off the pitch.
“When we didn’t get the WSL licence last time it was heart-breaking for everyone associated with the club, so to get it now is just reward,” Bannon explained.
“We stuck together, did our talking on the pitch and now we’ve got to where we want to be.
“So many people help out voluntarily and it’s a massive commitment from everyone – it makes is a massive achievement for everyone.”
The WSL campaign doesn’t officially start until March, though Bannon and her side will begin preparations in July with multiple players gaining match fitness in the reserve team.
“It’s a massive wait for everyone, it’ll feel like an eternity,” she added.
“We’re back in July, though, with our new strength and conditioning coach to get ourselves fit and ready.”
Sunderland will enter the competition in WSL2, alongside local rivals Durham, and Bannon feels the Lady Black Cats will be more than capable of success.
“We always go into games trying to win and that won’t change this season,” Bannon continued.
“At the start of the campaign we’ll sit down and have a look at where we want to go this season.
“For me as captain the dream is to lead us out in WSL1 but, first and foremost, our focus is to be the best we can be next season.”