Our co-sponsored rugby league player Kelsey Gentles has today [Friday May 7th] signed for York City Knights, again with Weltch Media sponsorship.
The 22-year-old England international winger is widely regarded as one the best players in the world, and she broke social media records with a sensational tackle for England against Australia in the 2019 World Cup Nines in Sydney.
The video clip gained more than 34.5 million views, making it the most viewed clip from the Facebook page of a sport’s national governing body from the UK in 2020. The RFL’s research also suggests that it may have been the most viewed clip of any female athlete globally in 2020 (apart from WWE).
Kelsey was Castleford Tigers’ top scorer in 2019 as the team claimed the League Leaders Shield and competed in the Challenge Cup Final and Grand Final.
Speaking about her signing, Kelsey said: “I’m really excited, the training facilities here are amazing. I’ve been on a journey with Castleford for the past five years and I’m really excited to try something new.
“There’s some really talented girls in that squad and they just need a bit of fine tuning. Let’s work together, have a cohesive bunch and I think we can win games and really put on a show in Super League. I can’t wait to get to training with them all.”
Weltch Media has co-sponsored Kelsey at Castleford since 2019, and she also featured in our comedy promo video With a T. At York, we become her sole sponsor.
“I feel so privileged to have Weltch Media’s support as I start this new part of my journey in rugby league, ” she said. “They have supported me so much in the past and continue to do so. I’m very lucky to have their support and hope to do them proud as a York City Knight”.
The team’s new head of performance, Adam Cuthbertson, added: “Kelsey is a brilliant young talent who possesses a ton of pace and can be a real gamechanger for us.
“She has impressed me very much in the last 12 months when I have coached her at international level with the England squad.”
Kelsey could make her debut for Knights this Sunday [May 9th] against Wigan Warriors in the Betfred Women’s Challenge Cup.
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