London City Lionesses have unveiled Ellie Mason and Ylenia Priest as their co-captains for the new season.
The pair were introduced to the media by head coach Lisa Fallon this morning ahead of the club’s opening fixture against Sheffield United in the FA Women’s Championship this weekend.
Mason sported the captain’s armband last season as she led the side to a very respectable fourth position in their first year in existence. She will now share the responsibility with 18-year-old defender Priest who broke into the first team in their previous incarnation as Millwall Lionesses.
“I was a bit blown away by the belief that has been shown in me and it gave me so much confidence” teenager Priest said when speaking to FA Women’s Super League Full-Time in this morning’s press conference. “Obviously, it’s a huge honour. I’m so proud to be representing the girls as a captain, it’s an absolutely great group.
“I could’ve picked a handful of players to have done the job but I’m just very fortunate that Lisa and the staff decided that I was right to co-captain with Ellie.”
Discussing how the division of duties would work, Priest said “We’re just two captains, so we’ve both got equal roles.
“We both bring different experiences and slightly different characters to the captaincy, which is nice for players so they’ve got two people they feel comfortable talking to about anything.
“I’m just really happy to be working with Ellie, she did a really good job last year and it’s an honour to be co-captain with her.
Co-captain Mason then added “Even on the pitch, it is just a case of having two players in the team who are captains.
“It’s just a case of the team being able to come up to both of us and speak to us.
“Like Lenny (Priest) said, I’ve got different experiences to her but Lenny’s going to be a great role model for young players coming up as well.
“She’ll work with me and we’ll work well with each other. I’m very excited for season it’s going to be a big challenge with all the changes but it’s going to be exciting.”
The big challenges aren’t just limited to the league. Following the press conference, it was confirmed that the Dartford-based club are in an FA Women’s Continental League Cup group with Arsenal, Chelsea, and Tottenham Hotspur. London City Lionesses are a team with lofty ambitions and many tip them to be part of the chasing pack challenging for promotion. Consequently, this could be the ideal opportunity to test their wits against some very strong top tier opposition.