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Amy Carter of Manchester Thunder.

Carter during Vitality Super League match between Manchester Thunder and Strathclyde Sirens at Copper Box Arena, London, England on 20th June 2021.

Vitality Rose and Manchester Thunder star Amy Carter makes her triumphant return to the Vitality Netball Superleague (VNSL) having been ruled out of the 2022 season due to injury.

Carter’s career had been on an upward trajectory prior to her ACL injury during last year’s pre-season having become a regular starter for title-contenders Thunder and in Jess Thirlby’s England teams.

The mid-courter – who can play at centre and wing defence – played 20 Superleague games during the 2021 season and now has six Vitality Roses caps to her name after making her international debut in 2020.

Despite still just being 23, Carter has been on the Superleague scene for a while having been a part of the Thunder squad since 2017. It was a year later, during the 2018 season, that she made her league debut and was in the squad when her side lifted the title for the third time in 2019.

After re-signing for Thunder for the 2022 season, Carter suffered an ACL injury while in pre-season club training and underwent surgery in early October 2021, ruling her out of the upcoming season.

When her injury was announced, Carter said: “I’m obviously disappointed to be out for the season but I’ll still be involved and strongly supporting Thunder throughout the season. I’m entering the final year of my medical degree, so I’ll have plenty to focus on before I’m back playing netball.”

Carter is now on the road to a full recovery and whilst she was in rehab for her injury throughout the 2022 season, she completed her medical degree at the University of Manchester. Through her dedication to get back to full fitness over the past year, Carter has been re-signed for Manchester Thunder for the 2023 season.

Karen Greig, Head Coach and Director of Netball for Manchester Thunder, said: “I am so excited to say that we have Amy back for this season. After a devastating season ending injury in pre-season last year plus a setback in her recovery, she is smashing her return to play.

“Amy is a young unassuming athlete who has proven even at her young age that she is a dominating centre court player with a very bright future. I’m so proud of how she has attacked these past twelve months and I can’t wait to have her back on court again.”

Amy Carter said: “I ruptured my ACL last year and I’ve been rehabbing ever since. I’m super excited to get back on court and playing with the rest of the Thunder team and get another win under the belt.”

Carter becomes Manchester Thunder’s fifth signing of the 2023 Signing Window following Taylor McKevitt, Lenize Potgieter, Lois Pearson and Elia McCormick. You can view their full squad here.

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