International duo sign new Sharks deals

International duo sign new Sharks deals

USA star Georgie Perris-Redding and England squad member Lizzie Duffy have committed their futures to Sale Sharks Women

Both players have signed new two-year deals

International stars Georgie Perris-Redding and Lizzie Duffy have committed their futures to Sale Sharks Women by signing new long-term contracts with the club.

Flanker and co-captain Georgie, 25, was an ‘original’ Shark, joining Sale Sharks Women when the team was formed in 2020.

She has signed a new two-year deal after a season in which she helped the club to its best ever Premier15s finish, made her international debut for the USA and was called up to her country’s World Cup squad.

Lizzie, who became the club’s first homegrown player to receive a Red Roses call-up when she was named in Simon Middleton’s wider England squad ahead of the recent Six Nations, came through the north west player pathway before making her Sharks debut in the 2021/22 Premier15s season.

The promising 20-year-old fly-half, from St Helens, has also signed a deal keeping her at the club for the next two years.

Georgie said: “I’m really excited to sign a new contract with this brilliant club.

“Anyone who has been to see one of our games this season will know that we are really moving in the right direction. It’s all so positive and now we just want to keep on improving and build on what we have achieved this season.

“This year we had so much more belief that we could compete at the top level, but we want to dream big and we feel like we are capable of a top four place next season.

“Everyone here knows that there’s something special building and we all want to be a part of it.”

Lizzie said: “I feel like I owe Sale Sharks and the coaches here a lot. They believed in me when I was a young player and have given me a chance to play and the support to keep growing.

“I can feel that the pieces of the puzzle are all coming together and I want to be a part of what we’re building here.

“I would love to be a part of more England camps in the future and I believe playing here is the best way for me to keep developing as a player.”

Sale Sharks Women’s Performance Lead Katy Daley-Mclean said: “Both Georgie and Lizzie are a huge part of our squad and for them to commit their futures to the club is a massive statement of intent on our part. They believe in what we’re building here and they want to be a part of it.

“Georgie is the heartbeat of our squad on and off the pitch and she’s played a massive role in our best ever season. She’s grown so much as a player and she really encompasses what it means to represent this club and the north.

“She’s been to a World Cup now as well, and that experience is invaluable for our younger players.

“Lizzie has had a fantastic season and completely deserved to be called up into the England squad. She’s getting better and better and we’re so happy that she’s decided to stay here to continue her journey.

“The club has been instrumental in her development and now we really feel like she’s someone we can build a team around. Personally, as a former fly-half, I’m so excited to work with her.

“Both of them had opportunities to go elsewhere but we’re so happy that they want to stay here and help us grow this club and the women’s game in the north.”

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