Reigning Champions Manchester Thunder have signed Malawian shooter Joyce Mvula and defender Lauren Ngwira in time for the Women’s Super-league 2020 season.
Mvula will return to Thunder for her fourth season where her popularity saw her named the 2019 Fans’ player of the season. Joining her will be Ngwira from the newly-franchised club London Pulse.
Both players were part of the Malawi Queens squad in the summer’s World Cup where they finished in sixth place.
Thunder’s director of netball Karen Grieg said: “Joyce has developed so much in her time at Thunder and securing her shooting skills for the new season is a huge boost as we look to defend our title, especially as I know her performances have been noticed across the netballing world.
“With our legendary defender Kerry Almond retiring, I had a big gap to fill in defence and Lauren was the outstanding candidate. She makes her presence felt on court and will be pivotal to our performances next year.”
Commenting on the signig Mvula said: “Thunder are my family and I am delighted to be back for another season.
” Winning the Superleague was an incredible achievement and an amazing experience to be part of. I can’t wait to join up with the squad again soon and prepare for 2020.”
On her part Ngwira said: “I couldn’t turn down the chance to join the champions! I’m really excited to be part of the Thunder family, look forward to playing alongside Joyce and helping defend the Superleague title.”
Thunder will face Wasps in the opening season clash match in the Vitality Superleague in February at the Arena Birmingham.