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Alima Priest of Surrey Storm.

Surrey Storm during the Vitality Super League match between Surrey Storm and Saracens Mavericks at Studio 001, Wakefield, England on 14th January 2021.

Surrey Storm have announced the signing of Alima Priest for the Vitality Netball Superleague (VNSL) 2022 season.

A product from the Storm NPL squad, Priest had an outbreak season last year as Storm’s starting goal keeper and proving herself against some of the league’s top attackers.

The 26-year-old only made her Superleague debut back in January 2019 but since then has grown strength to strength, making a big impression on Head Coach Mikki Austin.

Last season, Priest had some outstanding performances. Most notably, she was awarded with a Player of the Match against one of the league’s top goal shooters Mary Cholhok in a battle against Loughborough Lightning despite being on the losing side.

Looking forward to returning, Priest commented: “I’m super excited to re-sign with Storm for the upcoming season.

“I feel privileged to once again be part of a great group of athletes, coaches and wider team. I can’t wait to get out on court with the girls, work hard and play the game we love.

At the end of last season, Alima picked up a stress fracture in her foot and missed the last few games. Feeling confident on her return, she added: “I’ve managed to take some time to rest and recover over the off-season.

“It’s been great to be able to work with Storm S&C and Physio teams and I’m looking forward to getting back into team training over pre-season, ready for the season.

“This season I’m looking to continue to grow as a player. To learn new skills and finesse elements of my game.

“As well as wanting to improve as an individual, I’m also looking forward to build from last season with the team as a whole. We had so many moments of great netball last season, so I’m excited to see what we can do this year.”

Delighted to bring her back, Head Coach Austin commented: “We’re really pleased to re-sign Alima priest for another season.

“In her first season in a starting position Alima proved to be one of the league highest performers. We’re looking forward to continuing that work and having Alima back in duck egg blue.”

Priest becomes Surrey Storm’s eighth signing of the 2022 Signing Window after Mikki Austin, Yasmin Parsons, Niamh Cooper, Frankie Wells, Emma Magee, Ellie Kelk and Peace Proscovia. You can see the Storm squad as it develops here.

For all the latest of signings during the window, make sure to follow the @NetballSL on Twitter, Instagram and visit our Transfers page.

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