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Emma Dovey has been a one-club player for Thunder.

Emma Dovey has re-signed for another season with Vitality Netball Superleague (VNSL) champions, Manchester Thunder, boosting the squad with her invaluable experience and leadership.

Dovey, 29, inherited the captainship in 2016 and enters her fourth successive year at the helm. Having dedicated her entire senior career to Manchester Thunder, the Lancashire-born defender remains a fan favourite.

A glittering career has seen Dovey pick up a number of Superleague titles, Mike Greenwood Trophy wins and she has represented the Vitality Roses in Australia at the Fast5 World Series as recently as 2018.

Upon resigning for Thunder, Dovey said: “We are now hungry more than ever to get back out there and show everyone what we can do as a squad.

“We had a brilliant start last year, and I am beyond excited to get back into the Black and Yellow this year. I feel incredibly lucky to act as a captain to a squad with such amazingly talented young players.”

Manchester Thunder Director of Netball and Head Coach, Karen Greig, said: “We’re really excited to have our captain back. Emma has been irreplaceable at Thunder.

“She quietly goes about her job and comes out with interceptions and tips when others least expect it. As a player she can really turn a game around and will be once again solid, in leading our defence unit.

“Her experience and leadership are vital components in bringing this squad together and have resulted in some outstanding performances. I am looking forward to seeing Emma push on again this season as I feel she still has a lot more to give.”

Following the retirement of Kerry Almond after the 2019 season, Dovey was one of the most experienced players at the club last year alongside the likes of Laura Malcolm and fellow one-club player Kathryn Turner.

This makes Dovey to fourth player to sign for Thunder ahead of the much-anticipated 2021 campaign. The Manchester outfit have already secured the signatures of Berri Neil, Lois Pearson and Caroline O’Hanlon.

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