A television camera films the action Bristol City Women v Brighton and Hove Albion Women WSL football match, Stoke Gifford Stadium, Bristol, UK - 10 Feb 2019 Photo: Kieran McManus for The FA

Bristol City full-back to transition into assistant coach role

Long-serving Bristol City full-back Loren Dykes MBE will begin to focus on duties on the touchline this season after being offered an assistant coach role at the Stoke Gifford Stadium.

The 32-year-old Welsh international defender is a Bristol City legend after making over 150 appearances in well over a decade of service with the club.

It has today been reported on Bristol City’s official website that Dykes will begin to focus on the coaching side of the game this season. The player has been offered the opportunity to assist head coach Tanya Oxtoby and Dykes will start the transition into her new role with immediate effect. It is understood that the defender could still be called upon for on-field duties with Dykes not thought to be hanging up her boots.

Dykes is also a big favourite on the international stage. The player has written herself into the Welsh history books after reaching the 100-cap milestone against the Czech Republic in a friendly match in Newport in 2019.

The heights which Dykes has reached in the game saw her awarded an MBE for services to Welsh sport in the 2020 Queen’s New Year Honours. Given her achievements and the respect which she has built in the game, Dykes has some great foundations in place to become a top coach.

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