Anfield back in the game

Former England international Lindsey Anfield is back in the game after joining York City Knights as Director of Women’s Rugby.

Anfield ended her five year stint with Castleford Tigers Women earlier this year after leading them to the 2019 League Leaders Shield and Women’s Super League Grand Final in 2019, as well as back-to-back Challenge Cup Final appearances.

As a player, she represented England at a World Cup, and, alongside this new role, she will continue in her coaching role with the current national squad as they prepare for this year’s tournament.

“I’m very excited to be joining the York City Knights family during what is a very exciting time for the club and women’s rugby league in general,” said Anfield.

“This is a big challenge but also a huge opportunity which I couldn’t turn down. I look forward to working with the club and chairman, Jon Flatman, who has a clear passion and respect for the women’s game.

“I look forward to working with the players in an elite environment and with the full backing of the club. We have tremendous facilities at our disposal and we look forward to competing at the club’s brand-new stadium in the near future.”

Anfield will once again be working with Callum Windley, who was her assistant at Castleford, and will join the coaching team alongside current coaches Daryl North and Kay Rollinson.

Current York City Knights player, Adam Cuthbertson has also joined the Women’s set-up, taking the role of head of performance.

Cuthbertson led Leeds Rhinos to the League and Cup double in 2019 before his move to York.

“I’m really excited about the new journey and to be working with Lindsay and Callum,” said Cuthbertson.

“Over the years, I’ve seen the potential of the game and I’m looking forward to working as Head of Performance to develop it across York, the North Yorkshire region, and England.

“These are really exciting times for women’s rugby league at the Knights with the new program we’ve got in place which I know has the full backing of the club and Chairman Jon Flatman.

“To have someone like Lindsay involved is great, and growing the number of female coaches can only be a great thing.”

The newly appointed members of staff will get their first taste of action when York take on Wigan Warriors in the quarter finals of the Betfred Women’s Challenge Cup this weekend.

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