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O'Hanlon sets sights on more title glory after sealing new Thunder deal

 

Honour role: Caroline O'Hanlon wants further silverware
Honour role: Caroline O'Hanlon wants further silverware

By Richard Bullick

Northern Ireland captain Caroline O'Hanlon will be remaining with the British SuperLeague champions the Manchester Thunder.

World-class centre O'Hanlon was a key figure in Thunder's title triumph and the 35-year-old has signed up for a third season in the yellow and black dress.

"I'm delighted to be back with Thunder for another year after our success last season and because we have the best fans in the league," enthused O'Hanlon.

"It's an absolute privilege every time I get to represent this franchise. I can't wait to get back on court as we attempt to defend our title."

Thunder have lost former New Zealand star Liana Leota to Severn Stars, but recently signed Ashleigh Neal as a replacement.

Like fellow Gold Coast Commonwealth Games flag-bearer O'Hanlon, Joyce Mvula has committed to another campaign with Thunder and the star shooter will be joined by Malawi team-mate Lauren Ngwira.

Ngwira will replace the retiring Kerry Almond in the back circle alongside SuperLeague-winning skipper Emma Dovey, while Laura Malcolm, Kathryn Turner and Ellie Cardwell also remain.

"I'm delighted to have Caroline back with us for another year. She has become a real lynchpin for us the last two seasons, providing vital leadership on and off court," said Thunder Director of Netball Karen Greig.

"The speed and control she gives us in attach can be unstoppable. I can't wait to work with her again and see her partnership with Ash Neal develop."

O'Hanlon's next assignment with Thunder will be the Fast5 All Stars on October 12 after captaining Northern Ireland in the European Championships at Antrim Forum from next Friday.

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