Wasps Netball have announced the signing of experienced England international Natalie Haythornthwaite.
The 24-year-old, who can play at wing attack or goal attack, becomes Tamsin Greenway’s ninth signing ahead of the new Vitality Netball Superleague season which starts in February.
Named the 2015 Vitality Superleague Player of the Year, Natalie was an ever-present for Manchester Thunder last season after joining them from the Yorkshire Jets.
Natalie has also played for the senior national team over the last three years after impressing during her time with the England Under 23s.
Tamsin Greenway, Wasps Director of Netball, said: “Natalie has become a key part of the national side recently, so we’re thrilled to secure the services of a player of her calibre.
“We believe Natalie will give us a competitive attacking advantage on court, as she can play in the mid court and shooting circle, she is such a creative player and I have wanted to work with her for a long time.
“The quality and experience we have added to the squad so far shows we are aiming to hit the ground running with positive results.
“We’re working hard behind the scenes to put the finishing touches to what is an exciting squad ahead of our first training session in October, and hope to announce further signings soon.”
Other signings made so far this season include attacking sensation George Fisher, GA/WA Lucy Harris, and one of the best defenders in the league, Australian GD/WD Samantha May. Hannah Reid, Francesca Williams, Amy Flanagan, Josie Huckle and Sophia Candappa have also signed up for the 2017 season.
Natalie said: “I'm very excited about the new opportunity with Wasps Netball for the 2017 season, it has been a challenging decision for me and I would like to say a huge thank you to all the lovely people who are part of the Thunder franchise for my debut season with them in 2015/16.
“That being said, I am tremendously excited to begin this new opportunity with Wasps Netball. I'm really looking forward to seeing what Tamsin has in store for us all and getting to work with the girls. I'm excited to put on the Wasps Netball dress and see what we can achieve together this season.”
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