Lady Imps club captain may not lead the team out for Super League debut
LINCOLN City Ladies should kick off their maiden Women's Super League season against Doncaster Rovers – but club stalwart Megan Harris may not be wearing the captain's armband.
The Lady Imps have made significant changes to prepare for the eight-team league, including signing a clutch of England internationals.
One of those players, 20-year-old central defender Sophie Bradley, will skipper the team if Harris is not selected in the starting XI.
Manager Rod Wilson has confirmed that Harris will remain as club captain but with the new influx of players, the long-serving Harris may not find her position in the first-team is guaranteed.
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"Megan Harris will be our club captain, but if she is not on the pitch then Sophie Bradley will probably skipper the team," confirmed Wilson, whose side play in the FA Women's Cup before beginning their league campaign on April 14 – although fixtures are yet to be finalised.
"She's an England centre-back, a very good organiser and although she is still young she's very vocal.
"Sophie is the one who brought most of the Leeds group (Sue Smith, Remi Allen, Rachel Daly and Mel Sutcliffe and Jess Clarke) to the club.
"Leandra Little is staying with us and I have to say that Leandra and Sophie look absolutely fantastic in central defence."
Despite boasting a terrific array of established and promising players, Wilson admitted he would be looking for further reinforcements.
"We have a good first XI but we picked up some injuries on our recent tour to Northern Ireland," said Wilson.
"It shows that we are thin on numbers, especially in attack. We're hoping Jodie Michalska will return to us, although her baby is due on December 16 and we're not entirely sure when she could return.
"Some of the players we've targeted ended up at Arsenal and it's likely we'll look abroad for new players.
"The rumours in the United States are that the league there is in a bit of trouble, so we could be interested in some of the English players over there. Some of them apparently don't even have teams at the moment.
"In saying that, the quality of players we have now is superb, I'm really pleased with them.
"We've had a huge overhaul and some of our England players will be called away after New Year for international commitments but the squad is coming together well."