Following in the footsteps of her teammate Caroline Weir, Liverpool Ladies captain Gemma Bonner has signed with Manchester City Women on a two-year contract, leaving the club she supported as a child. England centerback Bonner joined Liverpool Ladies in 2012 from Chelsea Ladies in 2012, and was a key part of a side that won the FA Women’s Super League title in 2013 and 2014.
“I have had an unbelievable six years at the club and will take away some unforgettable memories,” said Bonner to the club website. “Being made captain of the club I have supported since I was a child was a real honor and one that I will cherish forever.”
“Being able to lead the side to back-to-back league titles was an unbelievable achievement, as well as being able to play in the UEFA Women’s Champions League,” noted Bonner, referring to Liverpool Ladies’ appearances in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 iterations of that tournament. “I will take away some great memories and will leave a lot of close friends behind.”
Bonner leaves a squad that has seen some key transitions in recent weeks. In addition to losing Caroline Weir, who joined Manchester City Women, the Reds also saw Wales captain Sophie Ingle depart for Chelsea Women. In the manager’s role, the club recently appointed Neil Redfearn, who will have a formidable task ahead of him in the coming season as he prepares to take on heavyweights Chelsea Women and Manchester City Women.