DEFENDER Karys Harrop admits she is enjoyed her new role as vice-captain of Birmingham City Ladies.
The experienced central defender is the club’s longest serving player having come through the Centre of Excellence before making her debut at the beginning of the FA Women’s Super League in 2011.
Harrop enjoyed an impressive season in the heart of the Blues defence and played a key role in helping Dave Parker’s side avoid relegation.
She impressed on Sunday once again as Blues took Arsenal all the way to a penalty shoot-out following a 1-1 draw but they were cruelly knocked out on penalties.
But Harrop, who has represented England at international level, feels the current Blues side can cause more upsets as the Women’s Super League season gets underway.
She told the WSL website: “There’s a great camaraderie in the group at the moment, which is exactly how you want it to be going into a new season.
“For me, having been appointed vice-captain, I want to be a leader for the team and help bring our youngsters through.
“We’ve got a lot of younger girls coming into the team this year who will benefit from being mentored, so it’s up to us to be good role models for them.
“Our captain, Woody [Emily Westwood], is like the mum of the team and her, alongside Jo Potter and Jade Moore, will be looking to help everyone in the team and, if they shine through, the kids will also.”