Netball: Laura Langman to rejoin Sunshine Coast Lightning

Laura Langman.
Laura Langman. Photo credit: AAP

Silver Ferns mid-courter Laura Langman will rejoin the Sunshine Coast Lightning for the 2019 Australia Super Netball season.

The move comes after the Netball New Zealand board granted Langman a 12-month exemption under the Silver Ferns selection policy.

Langman was part of the squad in 2017, but left the following year to take a break from the sport.

She will play under recently appointed Silver Ferns coach Noeline Taurua, who has coached the side since 2017.

"Sunshine Coast Lightning holds a special place in my heart and I'm eager to take to the court once again with such an incredible group of players,” she said, on the Lightning website.

"It was a difficult decision to step away from the Suncorp Super Netball league last year and I’m excited to be re-joining the fold.

"Lightning’s club culture resonates strongly with me and I’ve made no secret of my high regard for Noeline Taurua’s coaching style.

"I feel incredibly privileged to be afforded the opportunity to play under her leadership at Lightning and as part of the Silver Ferns.

"I'm also very grateful to have been granted the exemption by Netball New Zealand and can't wait to kick off the 2019 season on the Sunshine Coast."

The Lightning have won the last two Super Netball season titles.

Back in New Zealand, former Ferns captain Casey Kopua is returning to the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic, along with fellow international defender Kelly Jury.

And the Central Pulse have also fended off outside interest to retain influential shooter Ameliaranne Ekenasio for 2019.


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