Wrexham ace Ryan Reynolds introduced to Blake Lively is no nonsense prison guard

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    Wrexham star Rosie Hughes has been bullying defenders and scoring for fun – which is no surprise given her day job.

    The striker, 28, works at the largest men's prison in the UK, HMP Berwyn, as an officer keeping convicts in check when she's not turning out for Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney's women's side.

    Hughes netted a remarkable 90 goals in her first two seasons in north Wales, including the winning goal to clinch the Genero Adran North title at the Racecourse Ground back in March.

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    Her post-match interview was gatecrashed by elated Hollywood owners Reynolds and McElhenney, with the moment going viral on social media as a result.

    She's since signed a semi-professional contract to be paid for the first time in her football career. But she's not turned her back on the prison, where she's something of a mini-celebrity.

    "It started getting spoken about, and once something is spoken about in prison it's exciting, it is something new to talk about," she told BBC Sport. "Prisoners would come up to me and ask 'do you play for Wrexham?' and I couldn't hide it in the end."

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    Hughes was also introduced to Reynolds' equally famous wife Blake Lively by the Deadpool actor. "I felt like the superstar because I'd just scored the winner at the Racecourse in front of nearly 10,000 people, so when he grabbed me to introduce me to his wife, kids – it felt like I was the star," she joked.

    Having worked behind bars for six years, she's developed a number of transferable skills which she thinks have made her a better player. "You definitely need some resilience, good communication skills, an excellent listener and some emotional intelligence to do the job," she explained.

    "Communication and working as part of a team is massive for both football and as a prison officer. You need confidence in this job because you'll get eaten alive if you don't.

    "It's the same with football, you need to be confident on the ball. I'm so good at scoring goals and putting the ball in the back of the net because I'm confident to do it."

    Hughes uses the gym at the prison when's it's free and available to work on her fitness, and those extra hours of work are certainly paying off – scoring all five goals as Wrexham smashed Barry Town earlier this month.

    She has dropped her working hours to allow her to focus more on spearheading another title charge. They sit fourth in the eight-team Adran Premier after four games played having lost to league leaders Cardiff City last time out.

    • Wrexham Football Club
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    • Blake Lively

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