FEATURE: Lauren Briggs on 75 Durham Appearances & Her Future Hopes

Such is the consistency in this Durham Women squad that it feels like barely a week goes by without a major appearance landmark being hit.

And the latest player to clock-up a notable number of games for the Wildcats is Lauren Briggs – who registered her 75th appearance for the club in the defeat to Bristol City.

She joins a number of the squad on that landmark, having rejoined the club ahead of the 2017 Spring Series after a brief spell away.

While it was far from the ideal result for the midfielder-turned-full-back in her 75th game, it was a major day on a personal level for Briggs.

After overcoming a string of injuries, the 25-year-old has established herself as a key player in the FA Women’s Championship – and is under no illusions as to the scale of her latest appearance achievement.

“It’s a massive achievement for me,” said Briggs.

“After all the injuries and the trials and tribulations, I know it sounds a bit cliche – for me, it’s massive.

“Even to hit 50 games was massive and getting another 25 caps is brilliant.

“I’m proud to wear the shirt and step out there with the girls every week.

“From a personal point of view it’s amazing, but we’re making a movement here and now I just want to get more caps.”

There were no doubt some real moments of concern for Briggs during her difficult period with injuries – which threatened to stall a promising career.

But with those now firmly in the past, the former Durham Cestria youth player is even more appreciative of the opportunities that have come her way in recent months.

“I feel appreciative every time I step out,” she admitted.

“That injury has really pushed me mentally. It’s made me more resillient.

“I can only thank Durham for all the support – the welfare, the strength and conditioning programmes and the community I’m in.

“That spurred me on to come back and I’m so proud to wear the shirt.”

There have been some real highs for Briggs among those 75 games – but it’s little surprise to hear which games stands out the most.

Indeed, it’s been the choice of most players that we’ve posed the question to this term.

“It’s got to be the Manchester United game this season.

“We were playing against top class players and coming back not once, but twice and taking them all the way to penalties – that’s got to be a highlight for several reasons.

“One was playing against some of the best players in the world, and then coming back twice after conceding.

“But also the fans and the atmosphere – it’s something I’ll never forget.”

Speak to any of our players and they’ll mention those fans. That atmosphere.

The impact of Durham’s supporters – both at home and on the road – has been profound this term, and their effect isn’t lost on Briggs and her teammates.

“The fans have been massive,” she added.

“Each game, whether it’s rain, wind, sun, they’re here and dedicated.

“That’s the reason why we do it and why we sacrifice so much.

“It feels like a real community and we’re coming together and really making a movement.

“I know we’ve had a few ups and downs, but when we see all the fans we really appreciate it – and I can’t thank them enough.”

So with the 2021/22 campaign almost at and end, it’s a good time to pose the important question to Briggs.

“What’s next? Definitely 100 games.

“I’m committed here. I love being here, I love the girls and I love the community.

“It’s a family at the end of the day, and I’m ready to keep progressing as a club and as a player.”

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