Derby County Women’s longest-serving player Hannah Ward is to take on the role of Club Ambassador as part of their continued growth.

Ward, 30, will combine her duties alongside continuing to remain a player in Sam Griffiths’ squad for the 2023/24 season.

The defender will serve as Club Captain for the campaign with Amy Sims taking on the responsibility of Team Captain.

Ward has racked up almost 300 games for Derby County Women over her career to date after joining the ranks at the age of 12.

She said: “It is a massive honour that the club have given me this role and to be the first female to hold such a position at Derby County feels incredible.

“It is amazing to be up there alongside people like Roy McFarland and Roger Davies; they are legends of this club.

“For me, this is just a continuation of what I do anyway in terms of representing the Women’s side at events and things like that.

“I know I’m in a transition period with my playing career, I’m getting a bit older now, so it is really exciting that the club want to keep me on board in this role.”

She added: “I had a chat with Stephen Pearce about what the role entails and it was a really positive discussion. Derby County is in my heart and it feels like home to me and there’s a community feel and connection right across the club.

“I’ve been here for 18 years now, I’ve made so many friends during that time and it’s really special. Everyone has been fantastic, the coaches, players and staff, and it has been positive to build a strong relationship with the Men’s side.”

Derby County’s Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Pearce, said: “We’re delighted to confirm that Hannah Ward has accepted our invitation to represent Derby County as a Club Ambassador.

“There couldn’t be anyone more perfect than Hannah for this role. She has represented the club for a long period of time and has been an exceptional role model throughout her association with Derby County.

“We’re all looking forward to seeing the Women’s season start on Sunday and, as their set-up continues to evolve, we felt this was an important step to provide further symmetry alongside the Men’s side by having a Club Ambassador to represent Derby County Women around the club and in the community.”