Former Liverpool captain and Girls’s Tremendous League champion Gemma Bonner will return to the membership for a second spell starting January 1.
The 31-year-old defender led Liverpool to back-to-back WSL titles in 2013 and 2014 earlier than leaving for Manchester Metropolis in 2018.
The festive timing of the membership’s announcement is suitable: Leeds-born Bonner, who joins from Nationwide Girls’s Soccer League (NWSL) facet Racing Louisville, as soon as wrote to Santa Claus to ask for a Liverpool package for Christmas.
Bonner, who has been capped 11 instances by England, stated: “It is a fairly particular second for me. I nonetheless pinch myself once I’m coming into Anfield.
“I am tremendous excited to be again and I am unable to wait to tug the shirt on once more and get on the market with the ladies and get again taking part in for Liverpool.
“I used to be right here for fairly some time earlier than and it was a tough determination to depart, however I feel I all the time knew inside myself that in the future I’d love to return again to Liverpool. Now the time feels proper.
“One of many proudest issues I’ve finished is lifting these trophies, particularly back-to-back.
“I’ve some unbelievable reminiscences of my time right here beforehand. Rising up as a Liverpool fan it most likely signifies that little bit extra. Seeing my shirt right this moment with the title on the again once more was virtually somewhat emotional.”
The Reds have been promoted again to the WSL earlier this yr after a dominant efficiency within the Championship, surprising champions Chelsea with a win of their first dwelling contest of the 2022/23 WSL marketing campaign.
American striker Katie Stengel has loved a prolific begin to the ninth-placed facet’s season with six objectives, leaving her stage with Chelsea’s Fran Kirby in third place within the competitors.
“The group have began very well,” stated Bonner. “They have good foundations and are positively constructing. Hopefully I can are available in and contribute to the continued development.”
Bonner’s 115 appearances over her earlier six-year stint with Liverpool nonetheless stays the second-highest for the membership over the skilled period, behind solely Ashley Hodson.
The signing can even reunite the centre-back with supervisor Matt Beard, who steered Liverpool from 2012-2015 and had spells at Boston Breakers, West Ham and Bristol earlier than returning in 2021.
“It was too good a possibility to go up bringing Gemma again to the soccer membership,” stated Beard, who additionally managed Bonner at Chelsea earlier than each joined Liverpool.
“We had an excellent working relationship earlier than and she is going to deliver management and expertise to the group.
“She’s gained the whole lot in England with Liverpool and Man Metropolis and has now skilled America to broaden her horizons and open her eyes to completely different soccer cultures.
“It simply seems like she’s coming dwelling.”
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