1 November 2012
Liverpool Ladies FC sign young England defender Gemma Bonner
Gemma, who has represented England at under U17, U19, U20 and U23 prior to her first senior team call-up in the March UEFA Euro 2013 qualifier away to Croatia, has signed for Liverpool Ladies.
The 21 year old defender spent the last two seasons with Chelsea where she played in the 2012 FA Cup final, prior to that she played for her home town club Leeds United with whom she was a League Cup winner in 2010 and an FA Cup runner-up in 2008.
Gemma said: “I am delighted to be joining Liverpool at a key time in my football career and have been greatly influenced by the commitment that Liverpool FC are showing towards women’s football. When the opportunity to work with Matt again came I was pleased to take it and I am excited for the challenge ahead.”
Gemma will pair up with US International Whitney Engen in central defence to give Liverpool Ladies a strong defensive core.
Liverpool manager Matt Beard said: “I'm delighted to be working with Gemma again. During my time at Chelsea she was consistent week in week out. Off the back of her hard work she was called into the England senior squad. She is a fantastic defender and I have no doubt in my mind that she will go onto be a regular in the England squad. She will be a great asset to Liverpool Ladies FC.”
This is the third of Matt’s recent signings, more will follow soon has he builds his team for the 2013 season.
You can follow Gemma on twitter @gembon23.