Hertfordshire Mavericks add three ahead of Superleague season

Hertfordshire Mavericks add three ahead of Superleague season
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Michael Drayne leads the latest trio of Mavericks recuits

Hertfordshire Mavericks have confirmed Michelle Drayne, Vicklyn Joseph and Rose Morgan-Smith will be part of the squad for the 2017 Vitality Superleague season.

The three familiar faces, who have a combined nine years experience take the Mavericks squad up to seven as preparations continue ahead of the new season where franchises have been trimmed to 12-player rosters.

Northern Ireland international Drayne returns for a second consecutive season, while Joseph returns for her fifth and Morgan-Smith is back in the purple and black for a sixth season having previously played for the Mavericks between 2009-2015.

It feels good to be back and I’m looking forward to returning to the Superleague courts with Hertfordshire Mavericks.

With all the changes occurring this season, it makes things exciting and I’m thrilled to be a part of it all.”

Shooter Vicklyn Joseph

Earlier this month, Mavs confirmed the signing of Australian Ashleigh Neal as well as the return of Summer Artman, Sophie Hankin and Lindsay Keable and the remaining five spots will be confirmed in due course. Coach Kat Ratnapala is delighted with how the squad is shaping up.

“The squad this season is a really exciting one, it’s fantastic experienced players like Rose and Vickyln have confirmed that they will be coming back into the Mavericks family and competing in this new look squad,” said Ratnapala.

“Michelle was an instrumental part of Mavericks centre court last season and has continued to work hard to develop her game. All three players have shown the attributes we look for in a Maverick – hardworking, determination and resilience and I believe the mix of players we have selected will be an asset in the forthcoming season.”

As well as player arrivals, Mavericks also confirmed earlier in the summer that Ratnapala would be joining as coach from Surrey Storm, former player Camilla Buchanan would also be part of the coaching set-up under Robyn Broughton as director of netball

Experienced mid courter Morgan Smith said: “I’m so excited to be back in the black and purple. I’ve got some unfinished business at Mavericks, and can’t wait to work with the fantastic new coaching team. Bring it on!

Drayne, a Northern Ireland international since she was 16 made her debut as part of the Mavericks squad that reached the Superleague semi-finals last year and she is relishing a return to action.

“I learnt so much last season and am looking forward to continuing to develop as a player under the guidance of Robyn, Cam and Kat,” she said.

“It really is shaping up to be an exciting season. I can’t wait to see what it brings.”

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