Jess Sigsworth of Manchester United and Jas Matthews of Bristol City Manchester United Women v Bristol City Women, WSL football match, Leigh Sports Village, Leigh, UK - 05 Jan 2020 Photo: Paul Currie for The FA

Central defender handed Bristol City captaincy

Central defender Jas Matthews has been handed the Bristol City captaincy for the 2020/2021 season according to reports on the club’s official website.

The 27-year-old Truro-born defender has spent all-but-one of the last nine years with Bristol City and has been deemed the ideal candidate to lead by club into the new season by manager Tanya Oxtoby.

Matthews picks up the captain’s armband from veteran campaigner Loren Dykes. The 32-year-old has moved into coaching with Bristol City while she will also represent Cardiff City LFC on the pitch this season. As a player, Dykes had represented the Bristol club for 12 years.

After being handed the armband, new Bristol City captain Matthews told the club’s official media sources “This club is very special to me and holds a very special place in my heart.

“I’ve been at the club for 11 seasons now, and to be honest I was little shocked Tanya asked me but, it’s a role that I embrace and feel honoured to lead the team this season as captain.

“Loren (Dykes) has always been a leader and a role model to me in her time at Bristol, now it’s my turn to step up to the plate and carry on the great work she has done.

“Everyone at the club has put in a lot of effort and time over the last six months since the termination of last season and I can speak on behalf of the players in saying that we’re very excited to get back out on the pitch and kickstart a new chapter.”

Dykes will lead out Bristol City for the first time when they take on big spenders Everton in their first Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture of the season at Twerton Park on Sunday.

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