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Brie Grierson of Rhinos.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 03: Brie Grierson of Leeds Rhinos in action during the match between Leeds Rhinos and Wasps on day four of round 14 of the Vitality Netball Superleague at Copper Box Arena on May 03, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Morgan Harlow/Getty Images)

Leeds Rhinos Netball have revealed that Brie Grierson has re-signed for the club after an outstanding first season for her hometown club.

The 24 year-old was an ever present for Rhinos Netball in their inaugural season, making 20 appearances and helping the team through to the Vitality Netball Supetleague Finals Weekend.

She also won the first ever Maggie Birkinshaw Club Champion award at the end of season awards.

Speaking about agreeing her new deal with Rhinos Netball, Grierson said: “It was an easy decision for me to stay at the Rhinos, I loved every single second of last year so I couldn’t wait to put pen to paper. We had such an amazing bond and I have missed everybody in the off season and am so excited to get back with everyone.

“I developed massively last year, I think the coaching and the environment kept pushing me every day, so I felt I massively improved.

“I think the thing I am most looking forward to is playing in front of a Yorkshire crowd again, having a home venue and fans and getting to meet everyone.”

The 25 year-old signed for the Rhinos from London Pulse last year, returning to the city where she started her career with Yorkshire Jets.

An experienced attacker, who can play wing and goal attack, she made a big impression on the competition in 2021 and was selected for the Roses Futures programme.

After the Jets, she went onto play for Team Northumbria and Loughborough Lightning in 2018 before the move to Pulse a year later.

Dan Busfield, Leeds Rhinos Netball’s Franchise Director, said: “Brie was a star for the Rhinos last season and we were all so pleased to see her called into the Roses programme.  She made the wing attack position her own and her skill and flair in attack was one of the reasons that made our team so exciting to watch. I am sure there are big things to come for her in 2022.

“She was part of the leadership team last season and thrived in that role.  She is a proud Yorkshire woman and representing this team means so much to her.  She is passionate about growing our sport and raising the profile and I know she can’t wait for the chance to play in front of crowds again in the county and building on what we started last season.”

Maggie Birkinshaw, assistant coach for Rhinos Netball added: “I have worked with Brie for many years and from an early age could see how gifted she was.  She was superb last season and I was delighted she earned recognition with a place in the Roses Futures programme.

“She adds flexibility and versatility to our attacking line up and can slice her way through an opposition defence.  She has the hands of a magician and handles the ball with such skill it’s a pleasure to watch. I’m sure Brie will continue to make her mark in Superleague next season.”

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