Dylan Holmes says she is extremely proud to be announced as the new Adelaide United Women Captain for the Westfield W-League 2020/21 season.
Holmes revealed she received the positive news on Friday night, before being unveiled as the new skipper in front of her teammates prior to training on Saturday morning at the Club’s Fans’ Day.
“I’m so excited it’s a huge honour,” Holmes told reporters on the pitch of Coopers Stadium after the joint training session.
“I’ve been a huge Adelaide United fan growing up and watch the W-League and the A-League as a kid so to be Captain is really special for me.”
The 23-year-old is heading into her third straight season with the Reds and fourth overall and she admitted assuming the role was never really a personal objective.
“It wasn’t something I was actively striving to do,” she explained when asked by the media.
“But I think now that I have a bit of experience in the W-League and I’m very comfortable with the girls, and the team, and the Club that I needed to step up this year a bit.
“And I’m just really excited to take on this role.”
Indeed, both the Club’s A-League and Westfield W-League teams took to the field together at the Fans’ Day in what is a ground-breaking move and Holmes admitted it was a lot of fun.
“It was such an awesome experience, we’ve never done something like that before,” she said.
“They were great and a lot of us had played for Ross Aloisi so it was nice to see him again and it was just a really fun day and I hope there are more in the future.”
The Reds start the season with a bye before traveling to face the Newcastle Jets on New Year’s Day.
“The squad is coming together really well,” Holmes continued.
“I think it’ll be a very South Australian squad and will have a lot of young and exciting talent and hopefully we can have a good year and push for finals.”