Barrowford’s Natalie Haythornthwaite has left Yorkshire Jets to join Manchester Thunder in the Netball Superleague.
The 22-year-old, voted the 2015 Superleague Player of the Season, is ew Thunder coach Dan Rya’s first signing.
And Natalie is excited at the prospect of working with Ryan, who has coaching in the Trans-Tasman league.
The England international said: “I think the main thing was to work under a coach with ANZ experience.
“It’s the place every netballer strives to be, so to get as close to that world as I can, while still so close to home, seemed too good of an opportunity to pass up.
“I want to keep developing as a player and challenge myself.
“That’s always the main thing for me because I really do believe that if you leave every session as a better player and a better team, than when you walked in a few hours earlier, the results and accolades will take care of themselves.”
Natalie was Jets vice-captain last season as they finished fourth and reached the Superleague play-offs for the first time, and she added: “Leaving Jets was a very difficult decision, having spent the last six years there for NSL and seeing the franchise develop and succeed has been an experience I will never forget.”