2023 NSL Season Preview: Surrey Storm

THE 2023 Netball Super League (NSL) season is just around the corner, and clubs and fans alike are gearing up for another exciting season.

After an eventful off season the 10 NSL clubs are ready to go for another year, and to prepare for the season we here at Rookie Me Central are going to go around the league and take a look at where each of the clubs sit ahead of the new season.

Any year a side misses finals is not one that side is going to look back on with particular fondness, so no doubt the Storm will not want to reminisce on 2022 too much. But with the way the offseason has transpired for them and with some of their rivals that finished ahead of them losing stars, 2023 might not have the same fate.

Surrey made some of the biggest signings of the off season, but is also yet to confirm which trio of its squad are their training partners for 2023. One of those big signings is Sophie Drakeford-Lewis, with the emerging Roses star crossing from Bath to join the Storm. She is not the only shooting addition in 2023, with Ellie Gibbons coming across from the Wasps and Charlotte Dunkley elevated ahead of 2023. The trio join Francesca Wells and Proscovia Peace who have remained at the Storm.

Drakeford-Lewis is not the only big name former Bath player to make the switch to the Storm in 2023, with Layla Guscoth coming across. She will provided some valuable experience to the Storm defensive end, and be joined by the returning Grace Sullivan, Leah Middleton and Felisitus Kwangwa. The fifth member of the Storm’s defensive group was meant to be Charlotte Curtis, who was originally signed but subsequently ruled out of the season due to injury.

The midcourt group is largely the same as it was in 2022, but not completely. Spearheaded by playing coach Mikki Austin, Yasmin Brookes (nee Parsons), Niamh Cooper and Sophia Candappa are all returning, and will be joined by Amy Flanagan, who after a few seasons away is coming back to the Storm.

A couple of players have also left the Surrey Storm to head to other teams for 2023. Ellie Kelk has gone to the Mavericks and Sophie Kelly has gone to Bath, while Abigail Robson has gone to the Sirens.

Surrey Storm Squad 2023

Shooters – Ellie Gibbons, Frankie Wells, Charlotte Dunkley, Sophie Drakeford-Lewis, Proscovia Peace

Midcourt – Amy Flanagan, Mikki Austin, Yasmin Brookes, Niamh Cooper, Sophia Candappa

Defenders – Felisitus Kwangwa, Grace Sullivan, Layla Guscoth, Leah Middleton

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