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Surrey Storm locked in for 2024 season

Surrey Storm have announced their squad of 12 for the Netball Super League season in 2024; The final squad to be confirmed for next season.

Mikki Austin

A Player Coach and stalwart for the Storm franchise, Mikki Austin will make her return for Storm in 2024. One of the longest-serving players in the franchise, Austin enters her fifth year as a Player Coach. As well as playing and coaching, Austin also plays a key role in delivering a community coaching programme across London and the South East.

She said:

“As Director of Netball, I am incredibly proud to recognise the journey we have gone on as a franchise over my tenure. Whilst it’s important to take stock of the success of 2023; the franchise making finals netball for the first time since 2016, as well as multiple individual player success stories along the way, over this recruitment phase we have worked tirelessly to ensure we retain the spine of our squad, whilst important to recognise areas to bolster where we can hopefully continue to push this franchise forward in 2024. Our fans have been incredible for every season I have been player/coach, and we hope the support in 2024 will be bigger and better than ever.”

Amy Flanagan

2023 Fan’s Player of the Season, Amy Flanagan has re-signed for the Surrey based side. After a year away from the NSL in 2022, Flanagan re-joined Storm in 2023, taking them right to the third-place play-off in Grand Final weekend. She began her netball career at Storm, helping them win titles in 2015 and 2016.

Excited for the new season ahead, Flanagan said: “I’m so excited to be back with Storm for the 2024 Season. I entered the 2023 season with the focus of taking each game at a time, and this was also reflected in our squad approach.

“I’m really excited to continue imparting my experience, alongside learning from my talented teammates – it is hard not to be inspired by the incredible women I get to play alongside, and against! Storm and the Surrey Sports Park truly feels like home and I am so thankful to have been welcomed back. I can’t wait to see what our squad can do in the 2024 season.”

Frankie Wells

Goal shooter, Frankie Wells has also re-signed for Storm in 2024. At ease in both the goal shooter and goal attack positions, Wells has grown up wearing duck egg blue after starting her netball career playing in the Storm pathway.

Head Coach Mikki Austin commented:

“We are really pleased that Frankie Wells will be remaining at Surrey Sports Park. Frankie played a big part last season across both the GA and GS positions and gained valuable experience playing in finals, which can only add to our strength in 2024. We are looking forward to working with Frankie and continuing to develop her game.”

Sophie Drakeford-Lewis

England Vitality Rose Sophie Drakeford-Lewis will remain at Surrey Sports Park for the 2024 Super League Season. A travelling reserve for the 2023 Netball World Cup, Drakeford-Lewis made her mark in the 2023 NSL season, assisting her side to a fourth place finish. In 2019, the Goal Attack made the step up to the Vitality Roses’ full-time programme after a successful season with the Roses Futures.

Sophie said: “I’m very excited about signing for the duck egg blue for my second season. I’m looking forward to welcoming to welcoming the new players into the squad and building on the momentum of last year!”

Beth Dix

Making a comeback to the duck egg blue side, Beth Dix will be gracing the court in Surrey next season. The 24-year-old wing attack was former co-captain of Strathclyde Sirens, however next season she makes her move back down south. As a teenager Dix was also a part of the England Dodgeball team. She made her debut at the 2014 European Championships in Vienna, and went on to captain her country and to lift a World Cup.

Dix said:

“I couldn’t be more excited about joining Storm for the upcoming season. I loved my time in the pathway set-up at Storm. I’m excited to be returning to try and achieve great things as a team and individually this year. It’s going to be a big change for me personally after living in Scotland for the past four-years, but the best things happen outside your comfort zone and I’m ready to work hard on and off the court to make it happen.”

Anya Wood

Anya Wood is a former Storm youth player and went on to play in the Loughborough Lightning set up. She has experience in the Premier League, playing for The Downs in the 2023 season, as well as playing in the Netball Performance League.

Anya has since taken a break from netball, but returns this upcoming season to claim a spot in the Surrey Storm 2024 squad.

On returning to play in duck egg blue, Wood said: “After taking a break from the Super League for a few years I’m super excited to be back where it all started at Surrey Storm!”

Amy Howell

Set to make her NSL debut in 2024, defender Amy Howell will don the duck egg blue outfit come February. Howell was previously part of the Saracens Mavericks Pathway, before her career led her to the British Army.

Head Coach, Mikki Austin said: “Amy is a young up-and-coming defender, with a fantastic work ethic and ability to wear her opponent. As a previous product of Saracens Mavericks pathway, Amy’s career has taken her within the British Army, further showcasing her determination and work ethic.”

Rachael Fee

Rachael Fee will also be joining the new line up for Surrey Storm, making the from Severn Stars, where she played during the 2023 season.

On joining Storm Rachael said: “This opportunity with Storm is an offer I just couldn’t turn down.”

Head Coach, Mikki Austin said: “We are really pleased to welcome Rachael to Surrey Storm this season.

“A proven NSL defender with starting experience alongside a tenacity to learn and grow with this team is a really exciting prospect. We can’t wait to get started.”

Ellie Gibbons

2023 Training Partner Ellie Gibbons has been elevated into Storm’s squad of 12. Playing at goal attack and wing attack, the 28-year-old has NSL experience with Wasps and Severn Stars.

On staying at Storm for the 2024 season, Gibbons said:

“Storm was my first franchise netball team, so I’m thrilled to be back training in the Storm environment with an exciting group of girls.”

Leah Goss

Leah Goss makes a return to the NSL to help solidify Storm’s mid-court. The 24-year-old makes the return to duck egg blue having played for Wasps since 2021.

Leah, who plays Centre or Wing Defence, made the move to Coventry from Surrey where she made her Netball Super League (NSL) debut in April 2019. That same year she was a part of the English Universities team which won the Home Nations tournament.

On returning to Storm from the 2024 season, Goss said:

“I’M OVER THE MOON TO BE BACK AT SURREY STORM. I CANNOT WAIT TO GET STARTED.”

Haniisha Muhammed

Ugandan She Crane and versatile athlete Haniisha Muhammed will also join Storm for 2024. Able to play both goal keeper and goal shooter, Muhammed was a part of the Uganda She Cranes squad which took part in the 2023 Netball World Cup in South Africa.

The 24-year-old joins the Surrey-based side with plenty of international experience having also featured at last year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and in the international test series with the England Vitality Roses last autumn.

Head Coach, Mikki Austin added: “We are delighted to announce the signing of Haniisha to Surrey Storm in 2024; a tenacious Ugandan She Crane, who showed her prowess at the Netball World Cup this summer.

“Haniisha will bring a dogged tenacity and ball winning ability to our defensive end which we look forward to working with an integrating into the Netball Super League here in the UK.”

Proscovia Peace

Fan favourite, Proscovia Peace will return to Storm in 2024. The goal shooter was the NSL’s leading shooter for much of 2023 and helped propel Storm into the top four for the first time in seven years. In May, she withdrew from the squad on medical grounds.

The previous year, the Ugandan International was awarded the Gilbert Golden Shot award and was the Top Goal Scorer with 853 goals. That same year she was named the starting GS in the All-Star VII, as voted for by all the NSL clubs.

On remaining at Storm, Peace said:

“Having played two seasons for Storm there is no other place I would have asked to be at than Storm. I’m grateful for another opportunity to play for the side.”

You can keep up to date with all the 2024 squads and signings here.

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