By Peter Lynch

2nd Oct, 2023 | 9:10pm

Aston Villa Women captain Rachel Corsie speaks out amid Castore kit controversy

Aston Villa Women captain Rachel Corsie has spoken out amid the controversy surrounding the club’s shirts for the current season.

Shirt manufacturer Castore has come under criticism from Villa’s male players, who say the shirts are uncomfortable because they retain too much sweat [BBC Sport, 1 October].

Aston Villa Women wore the shirts in their Women’s Super League (WSL) match with Manchester United Women on Sunday (1 October).

“It’s the first game of the season so you want to be in your home kit,” Corsie told BBC Sport. “Obviously, there has been a lot of talk about the shirts this week but when you get here and it’s the start of the season everyone is buzzing that it’s under way now.

“It is going to be the best season in the WSL I believe and we want to make sure we do a really good job, so things like the shirts… Once you’re in the game and you’re competing, you just do what you can as well as you can.”

Unwanted distraction

The talk about the kit and indeed the kit itself really is an unwanted distraction for players of both Aston Villa and Aston Villa Women.

The latter have only just got their new season underway, and discussing shirts and their manufacturers is the last thing they need right now.

The club began proceedings with a 2-1 loss to Manchester United Women at Villa Park, with Rachel Daly scoring for the hosts just moments after they lost Kirsty Hanson to a red card.

But a dramatic turnaround saw the visitors leave with all three points, with Spain forward Lucia Garcia netting an equaliser before an injury-time winner from substitute Rachel Williams.

For now it seems that the club will continue in the Castore shirts for the time being, with BBC Sport (1 October) reporting that Villa wanted to have the issue resolved at the weekend, with talks currently at a delicate stage.

In other Aston Villa news, a Leicester City Women ace has sent a two-word message to an Aston Villa Women star after she clinched an international record.