Dermody | Joining Wolves 'a very good' decision

As she approaches the end of her first season with Wolves, Helen Dermody has no regrets about her decision last summer to step down a level in order to play for her new club in the National League’s Northern Premier Division.

The experienced midfielder signed for Dan McNamara’s team after leaving Championship outfit Coventry United, a close season move also made last year by her Coventry team mates Beth Merrick, Amber Hughes and Maz Gauntlett.

All four of them have made important contributions to the winning of the Northern Premier, and Dermody for one is determined to be playing in the Championship again next term by helping Wolves beat Southern Premier winners Southampton in the National League’s promotion play-off.

“The decision I made to join Wolves has turned out to be a very good one,” she says, “and I’m sure that Beth, Amber and Maz feel the same way.

“Beth’s a life-long Wolves fan so she’s loved playing for the club; Amber’s hit a lot of goals for us; and Maz played a big part in the run-in to the end of the season after completing the re-hab from her ACL injury.

“I’ve had injury problems with my calf this season and that’s been very frustrating, but I’ve still got in a fair few games and thoroughly enjoyed them.

“Hopefully the play-off will also be enjoyable, but that will only be the case if we beat Southampton. It’s a big ask because they’re an excellent team, but we’ve been excellent throughout the season as well and I think it will be a great game.”

The play-off is set to be played at Stockport County’s Edgeley Park on Saturday 21st May; meanwhile Wolves finish their League season at home to Loughborough Lightning on Sunday and then face West Bromwich Albion in the Birmingham County Cup final at Walsall’s Banks’s Stadium on Wednesday 11th May.

Dermody says: “It’s nice that we’re ending the League season at home and we’ll obviously be aiming to sign off with a good win for the supporters.

“That would set us up nicely for the Cup final against West Brom. We’ve done the double over them in the League, deservedly so because we were definitely the better side in both games. But Cup finals are one-off games and with it being a local derby as well, we’ll have to go into it totally focused.

“The biggest game of the season by far though, is the promotion play-off. The last time I played against Southampton was for Coventry in the FA Cup at their St Mary’s Stadium in 2020. We beat them 4-1, so hopefully that’s a good omen….”