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CARDIFF, WALES - MAY 14:  Kyra Jones of the Celtic Dragons takes on Beth Cobden of Loughborough Lightning during the Vitality Netball Superleague match between Celtic Dragons and Loughborough Lightning at the Sport Wales National Centre on May 14, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Dragons announce first four players

Celtic Dragons have announced their first four squad members ahead of the 2019 Vitality Netball Superleague campaign.

Suzy Drane, who captained the franchise last year will be returning to the franchise, along with Kyra Jones who marked her 50th Wales cap in the latest season.

Drane, who works as a Senior Lecturer at Cardiff Met tweeted her excitement at the coming season: “Very excited to be given an opportunity to play for [the] franchise again in 2019 […] looking forward to working with some new & returning faces both on & off the court & relishing the challenge of the season ahead!”

They are joined by ‘pocket-rocket’ Bethan Dyke, who was last seen at the Commonwealth Games, and Chelsea Lewis who returns to the franchise having played for Team Bath.

Lewis, who starred in Wales’ 81-32 demolition of Fiji at the Commonwealth Games also shared her thoughts on the season ahead: “So excited to be joining the Celtic Dragons for the 2019 season. Looking forward to working with a brand new coach and a brand new Dragons team.”

Following the news of a first-ever dedicated coach, new training facilities at Cardiff Metropolitan University and the biggest-ever teamwear deal in Welsh netball history with O’Neills, there has been great excitement around the franchise.

The first reveal of player signings is the next step on the road to VNSL 2019 which begins with Dragons taking on Team Bath at Super 10 in Birmingham.

Tickets are now on sale for Super 10 – get your squad together and head to the season opener on Saturday 5th January 2019 at Arena Birmingham!

Kyra Jones

Kyra Jones – Featured Player of the Week

Kyra Jones is one of the most experienced Celtic Dragons players, stamping her authority on the centre bib since returning from a stint with Team Bath.

Jones was brought up in Perth, Western Australia and managed to win an award in 2006, naming her as the best player in the West Australian Netball League in her time playing for the Perth Orioles.

When she came over to play in the Superleague in 2009, Jones was known as Kyra Neal, but soon after her arrival in Wales she met Welshman Scott Jones – and the rest is history!

After she settled in the UK, it was only a short period of time before she made her international debut for Wales and her first cap came against Northern Ireland in 2012 at Netball Europe.

She’s now gone on to represent her adopted country more than 30 times.

Jones returned to Dragons for the 2016 season after joining Team Bath in 2014 for a short stint with the five-time Superleague champions.

Not only is she an asset to the Dragons side but she also impresses on the international stage – she was named Welsh Netball player of the year in 2012.

This season, Jones has proven herself to be the linchpin in the centre court for Dragons, and will be looking to push for a strong finish to the Vitality Netball Superleague season with three games to go.