As the start of the 2020 season approaches, most Super league teams have held some sort of open trails throughout the winter months.
Huddersfield Giants and Warrington Wolves start their first year in the WSL and I hear that they have hit the ground running a considerable number of players have attended the trails from the championship, Division One, RFU clubs and our Armed Services.
Warrington Wolves have produced a sound set of recruitment in their U19’s where 30 girls have signed for their pathway programme. They have also completed a further seven signings for the first team.
The likes of the top four Castleford, St Helens, Leeds Rhinos and Wigan have little or no changes to their top performing sides this proving that retention and ethos is strong within the teams.
Leeds have a fully established pathway already with a very strong looking under 19 team. Like any team injuries will happen, players are looking at overseas teams and some may have other commitments such as personal life, work and or studying.
It is imperative to keep a constant trickle of youth coming up for the women’s super league ad most top clubs are have produced teams from under 12’s and above.
Wigan Warriors have lost half back Gemma Walsh to St Helens and signed Bradford’s Paige Costello.
St Helens Head coach Derek Hardman has confirmed no other transfers after the signing of Walsh.
Castleford Tigers Head Coach Lindsay Anfield has stayed true to her word. She is remaining with her original team and no transfers have happened.
Anfield has however tapped into the rugby union pool and signed Jasmine Bell from Darlington and Sophie Todd from West Bridgeford.
Leeds Rhinos have lost Charlotte Booth to West Panthers, with no news of any new signings. We also hope to see Sophie Robinson back from her broken leg injury.
Bradford Bulls’ forward Debbie Smith is rumoured to be signing for Featherstone Rovers. She would join Costello out of the door.
Featherstone Rovers, after the devastating death of our beautiful friend Natalie Harrowell, have retired the number 12 shirt in honour of Natalie.
Rovers are still holding trials, and they have already confirmed the signings of Georgia Cutt, Chloe Billington and Jasmine Rowley.
York City Knights have signed Courtney Olsar form the Royal Air Force and have lost myself, CJ Adams-Richardson as a duel register to the British Army and Hull KR. Kelly Wood has also left the Knights, her future club is unknown.
Wakefield Trinity have kept their signings tight to their shirts, although they’re unconfirmed reports of Wigan’s Joanie Aspin and Castleford’s Becky Grady.
Huddersfield Giants are still holding trials, Head coach James Westerby will release all new signings once confirmed.