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Georgia Lees to retire at the end of the 2024 season

Saracens Mavericks have today announced that their vice-captain Georgia Lees will be retiring from the sport.

Having returned to the club as an Additional Training Partner last season, Lees was named as vice-captain for the 2024 season and has showcased her ability as one of the best Wing Attacks in the NSL.

Speaking about her decision to hang up her dress at the end of the season, Lees explained that it felt like the right time, expressing her gratitude to Mavericks and the fans for what they have given her throughout her career.

“It feels like the right time for me personally and I’m really looking forward to the next chapter. Next year is going to be a great year for netball with NSL 2.0, but being able to juggle my current job, with the increased commitment was just becoming a bit too hard to manage. It was a terribly hard decision to make, but this feels like the right time.

“Mavericks have been a huge part of my netball journey. I started here at age-group level and then returned at NSL level six years ago.

The club have always been so supportive of my career off the court, as well as on it. They’ve really given me a chance to do it all and I’m glad that I am finishing with this group. The culture and dynamic has been brilliant to be a part of and I’m really excited to watch from the stands and see where this team goes.

“To the fans who have been with us all the way, I just want to say that I am incredibly privileged to have had the relationships I’ve had with you and our volunteers. You really are the beating heart of this club and I can’t wait to sit in the stands with you next season cheering the team on.”

Head Coach Camilla Buchanan paid tribute to her vice-captain as she prepares for her final match in the NSL.

“Georgia has been with Mavericks for a number of years and has been an incredible part of the family. She has been a great person to have in the environment. She’s always smiling, always positive and always ready to give 100%. I’ve always admired Georgia’s commitment on and off the court.

When you think about the long shifts she has put in for her medical training, before driving over to train in the evening, it’s incredible. She has always done it with a smile on her face and has been a true Maverick. Her attitude and work ethic will be truly missed but we wish her the very best in this new and exciting chapter to come. We know that we’ll still see her at matches and she will always be a part of our Mavericks family.”

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