Bronze in the running to regain PFA title

Lucy Bronze signs for Manchester City Women.
Lucy Bronze signs for Manchester City Women.
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Alnwick’s Lucy Bronze could regain her PFA’s Women’s Player of the Year title after being named on the shortlist, which was announced yesterday.

The Manchester City defender took the title in 2014 while playing for Liverpool Ladies, collecting her award alongside fellow Red Luis Suárez, who won the men’s award.

The former Duchess’s Community High School pupil spent two seasons with the Merseyside club, winning the league title each time, following her 2012 move from city rivals Everton. In November last year, she moved to FA Women’s Super League challengers Manchester City.

The 23-year-old, who is a regular England international, is joined on the shortlist by Eniola Aluko (Chelsea), Jess Clarke (Notts County), Karen Carney (Birmingham City), Kelly Smith (Arsenal) and Ji So-yun (Chelsea). The PFA (Professional Footballers’ Association) awards are voted for by fellow professionals.

On Wednesday night, Bronze was named joint Northumberland Gazette Sports Personality of the Year Award winner alongside middle-distance runner Laura Weightman.