Four of Wasps Netball’s Superleague winning stars have re-signed for the club to help defend their title in the 2018 season.
Amy Flanagan, George Fisher, Josie Huckle and Sophia Candappa have all re-joined the team which play at the Ricoh Arena – as Wasps bid to secure back-to-back titles in their first two seasons.
Huckle and Flanagan were both part of the starting seven that guided Wasps to victory in the Vitality Netball Superleague final against Loughborough Lightning in June.
Goalkeeper Huckle was a key player in the defensive circle for the team, with Flanagan proving dynamic in the mid-court.
Talented 18-year-old goal shooter Fisher re-joins Wasps to continue her development, after a summer which has seen the rising star represent England at U21 level in the Netball World Youth Cup.
Vice-captain Candappa missed the majority of last season, after suffering a season-ending ACL injury in round seven.
Wasps Director of Netball Tamsin Greenway is confident that bringing back familiar faces will help her team mount a challenge in 2018.
Greenway said: “We’re very happy to be bringing these players back to play for our team in the upcoming season.
“It is vitally important to retain our brilliant team spirit if we want to compete for the title again in 2018 and we want to keep as much of last year’s squad together as possible.
“Even though we took home the trophy last season, we know there is still a lot of work to do here and we want to keep building and further establish our team.
“We’re excited about the potential George Fisher has shown already and believe she can be one of the top shooters in the league, it’s fantastic to have her back.
“Amy Flanagan and Josie Huckle were central to our success too and to be able to welcome back Sophia Candappa after her injury last year is brilliant.
“With the type of character that Sophia is, we are confident she will come back from her injury stronger than she was before and make a huge impact on the court.”
Sophia Candappa added: “I can’t wait to get back out there and show my passion for this team on the court.
“It was tough having to watch from the side-lines last season, but the girls were brilliant and to be there when we won the title was magical.
“I’m working to get back fully fit for the new season, it’s been tough but I’m delighted that Wasps have shown faith in me and hopefully I can repay that faith by helping the team to another league title next season.”
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