Gemma Bonner: Liverpool Ladies captain signs new deal

Gemma Bonner
Gemma Bonner also previously played under Liverpool Ladies manager Matt Beard when he was in charge of Chelsea

Liverpool Ladies captain Gemma Bonner has signed a contract extension with the Women's Super League champions.

The England defender, 23, played in all 14 league games as the Reds clinched their second successive crown in 2014, securing the title on goal difference on the final day of the season.

Liverpool pipped Bonner's former club Chelsea to retain the crown.

"She has been one of the key reasons for our success over the last two seasons," said manager Matt Beard.

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"Her new deal is a key one for the club. Not only is she a leader with her performances on the pitch, but she leads by example off the pitch and is well respected by her fellow team-mates."

Bonner is determined to add to her success with the Reds and is focused on improving on their Champions League record.

"I'm sure we can win many more trophies over the next few seasons," she told the club website.external-link

"The team spirit here is brilliant and, in my opinion, was the main reason why we managed to retain the Women's Super League title last season.

"The prospect of competing in the UEFA Women's Champions League again is also an exciting one and I cannot wait for the season to restart."