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York Valkyrie sign Leeds Rhinos forward Aimee Staveley

York Valkyrie are delighted to announce the signing of multiple trophy-winning forward Aimee Staveley from Leeds Rhinos.

Staveley, who is proudly sponsored by Haxby and Wigginton Traders Association, arrives at York following a decorated five-season spell with Leeds during which the Rhinos were twice crowned Betfred Women’s Super League champions. The West Yorkshire club also won two Betfred Challenge Cups and the Betfred League Leaders’ Shield.

The 33-year-old has appeared in four Betfred Super League Grand Finals and four Betfred Challenge Cup Finals.

Staveley, who wore the number eight jersey last year for Leeds, will provide versatility to Lindsay Anfield’s side given her capabilities of featuring at either prop forward or second row.

On joining the Valkyrie, Staveley said: “I’m really excited to get started here at York.

“I approached Lindsay to see if there was anything that she could offer me and she was really keen to have me on board, so I bit her hand off.

“Lindsay is a great coach and it speaks volumes when players that you’ve previously coached want to follow you onto bigger and better things.

“For me, this move was a no-brainer.”

On bringing Staveley to the LNER Community Stadium, Valkyrie Director of Rugby Anfield said: “I’ve known Aimee for a long time and really respected her as a player, so I’m delighted to bring her to the Club.

“She’s always been someone that, whenever we’ve played Leeds, especially in big games, has stepped up and could be faultless in her performances.

“She has so much experience, so she’s a really good addition to the squad, bringing a lot of maturity to us.

“We’ve got a lot of young girls, so we’ve brought in someone with experience at the top level.

“She’ll be a really good leader on and off the field for us with the standards that she sets. She’ll be a great model for the younger girls.”

Season Tickets are available for every York Valkyrie and York Knights home league game in 2023.

Season tickets can be purchased HERE, or you can call 01904 942232 or head to the Ticket Office (next door to the Club Shop).


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