St Helens Women snap up England international from Bradford

St Helens have confirmed the signing of England international Amy Hardcastle from Bradford.

The 31-year-old was appointed Bulls captain at the start of this season but has now chosen to link up with several of her international teammates at Saints, including England captain Emily Rudge and regulars Chantelle Crowl, Jodie Cunningham and Leah Burke.

A centre or winger, Hardcastle has represented her country at both the 2013 and 2017 World Cups, scored 14 tries in 17 games for England since making her international debut in 2009 and was also the only England player to be named in the team of the decade selected recently by the NRL.

“I want to this new opportunity to continue my progression in rugby league and to find the best version of myself by reaching my full potential ahead of the World Cup,” she said.

Hardcastle started playing rugby league at Siddal aged 18, before joining Bradford.

“I believe I can achieve this at  St Helens and I’m looking forward to this new chapter.

“My mum always says it’s not where you start it’s where you finish.”

St Helens Women head coach Derek Hardman added: “I am delighted Amy has decided to join us ahead of the new campaign.

“She has years of experience having played in two World Cups and that can only benefit our group moving forward.

“We welcome her with open arms and we are excited to work with her when the season gets going.”

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