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Manchester Thunder’s Kerry Almond announces her retirement

After an exceptional fifteen season career and four Super League titles, Manchester Thunder have announced the official retirement of Kerry Almond.

Although Almond initially announced her retirement in 2019, this was short lived as she was swiftly drafted back in due to the late withdrawal of Loreen Ngwira ahead of the 2021 season. With her passion for and commitment to Thunder, Almond then continued to bolster the defensive unit for a further four seasons.

Despite facing challenges this 2024 season due to injury, Almond still left her mark on court, helping Thunder finish the regular season top of the table, six points clear of second-place Loughborough Lightning, and then appearing in the key moments of the 2024 Grand Final.

Having been part of the Manchester Thunder setup since the beginning in 2008, when the team were known as ‘Northern Thunder’, Almond’s talent, wisdom and expertise have been instrumental in the team’s evolution and success.

Her dedication has been clear for all to see and she’s one of the most-decorated athletes with four Super League titles, including the unforgettable 2022 season where Thunder remained unbeaten.

Discussing her announcement, Almond said: “Thunder has played a huge part in my life, since 2008, but it’s time for me to hang up the black and yellow for the final time.

It’s been an incredible period in my life, and I cannot thank the club, the volunteers, and the fans enough for everything.

“I am truly grateful for every single second with this special club and I cannot wait to support the team and whatever awaits them in NSL 2025 and beyond.”

Former teammate and current Head Coach, Karen Greig said: “I want to celebrate the extraordinary career of a remarkable athlete whose dedication, passion, and perseverance have set a standard for all who follow.

“Kerry’s commitment to excellence, both on and off the field, has not only brought success to our team but has also inspired countless others. It’s been an honour to both play alongside as a teammate and coach such a dedicated athlete, and while I will miss Kerry, I am excited to see where her post-netball athlete commitments will take her.

“After a pause for her first retirement in 2019, she came back with a bang and played some of the best netball of her career. She has dedicated over 15 years to our wonderful club and certainly leaves a legacy behind.

“Saying someone is a club legend may come too easy at times, but Kerry has more than earned that title. Thank you for the unforgettable memories and the lasting impact you’ve made on this club and our great sport.”

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