Durham Keep Skipper Sarah Wilson

Durham say that as a key part of their squad on and off the pitch, Wilson built up a strong centre-back partnership with Becky Salicki last season as the Wildcats shipped their lowest total of goals ever.

Now, Wilson is keen to get started again with the FA WSL Spring Series as she becomes the ninth player to commit her future to the Wildcats.

She told durham.fawsl.com: “I can’t wait to get started after how incredible this year has been. Everyone is looking forward to it.

“This year we smashed all the records and everything is looking positive going into next season.

“Personally I think it’s going to be a good year.

“Hopefully we can make a few additions to the squad and in the Spring Series we can see what’s going, how we can play and how things will be pan out.

“We can go all the way, I think we proved that this season against the top teams.

“We showed week in week out that we can match them.”

Manager Lee Sanders also spoke of his delight at his captain staying, adding: “I’m delighted that Sarah is going to be with us for another season as she is one of the many winners within the squad.

“She’s grown since she came to the club three years ago and I think she’s grown massively into the role of captain at the club, and that’s not just on the field, it’s driving things off it as well which is a big responsibility.

“She leads by example, she’s a warrior and she doesn’t give an inch on the field and she’ll be here to lead the squad again and any new additions in 2017.”