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Chloe Essam

Chloe Essam (centre) has joined Severn Stars alongside Rachael Fee.

Chloe Essam and Rachael Fee have joined Severn Stars as additional training partners ahead of the upcoming Netball Super League season.

Following the departure of Wasps Netball from the Super League, goal attack Essam and goal defence Fee were among the players available in the re-opened signing window – which ensured Wasps players would be able to compete next season.

And Stars have snapped up the services of the duo, who will be able to take to the court as replacement players within the pre-existing EN Super League competitive regulations.

“I’m really excited to have two talented young athletes joining us this season,” said head coach Jo Trip.

“Their NSL experience and excellent training ethic adds another boost to our squad and training environment. Both athletes have slotted in seamlessly and look forward to working with them this season.”

General manager Claire Sanders added: “We were all saddened by the news from Wasps Netball and the implications for coaches, staff, volunteers, fans and especially the players.

“We were keen to offer support to ensure players retained an opportunity to train and play at NSL level this season. Severn Stars have worked closely with Netball West Midlands Regional Board over the last month to make it possible for these elite players to join the franchise.

“Thanks must go to Netball West Midlands, we simply couldn’t have managed this without their preparedness to support the process involved. Netball West Midlands will become player sponsors for both players for the 2023 season.

“Chloe and Rachael have stepped straight into NSL squad training and we’re happy to welcome them.”

Kerrie Jones, Chair Netball West Midlands said :“We are very pleased to be supporting Chloe and Rachael so that they can continue their netball journey with Severn Stars. We look forward to seeing them develop and progress over the next few months and beyond.”

Essam and Fee join ahead of the 2023 season opener on Saturday 11th February.

Having finished bottom of the table last season, Stars will be looking for a strong response this coming campaign.

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