St Helens Women have signed England international Carrie Roberts from the British Army.
Roberts currently serves as a sergeant and was part of the British Army side who lifted the Women’s Challenge Shield in 2019, beating Women’s Super League side York in the final.
She was recently named in the England Women Performance Squad, after last representing the nation in 2015, and is in contention to play at the 2021 World Cup.
Originally born in Wales, she moved to Lancashire with her family when she was young and grew up supporting St Helens, which played a big part in her decision to sign.
“I was shocked when I was approached by Saints to sign me,” she said. “I had a big decision to make and didn’t want to rush it.
“I chose to play for Saints for many reasons but more so for that fact that I have supported Saints all my life. It’s a childhood dream to wear the famous red and white shirt and I feel this is an honour to do.
“I played for Thatto Heath when I was younger and now the Army and I’ve played both codes, union and league, with a short boxing career in between.
“I have been very lucky that the Army have released me of my normal duties and I will now be classed as a ‘tracksuit soldier’. The Armed Forces have many servicemen and women who have done the exact same, such as Hull FC player Ratu Naulago and sporting legends Kriss Akabusi and Kelly Holmes.
“Fundamentally we are professional sports players that are still employed by the Armed Services and play for both professional clubs and our countries. I have been stood down so that I can concentrate on training in line with the 2021 World Cup.”
St Helens head coach Derek Hardman added: “As a club we are extremely proud that someone of Carrie’s quality will be joining us. She will be a great addition and can only strengthen our team.”