Two con­tracts con­firmed

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Ris­ing star Abi Rob­son and ex­pe­ri­enced in­ter­na­tional Amanda Varey are the two lat­est play­ers to be con­firmed in the Team Bath Net­ball squad for the 2019 Vi­tal­ity Su­per­league sea­son. Nine­teen-year-old Rob­son made her Su­per­league de­but last sea­son and plays at both wing-de­fence and cen­tre. She has in­ter­na­tional age-group ex­pe­ri­ence with Eng­land, help­ing both the un­der-17 and U21 teams to vic­tory in Net­ball Europe com­pe­ti­tions and tour­ing New Zealand with the Roses at U19 level. “I’m re­ally ex­cited to be back in the Su­per­league squad for 2019,” said Rob­son. “I learnt so much dur­ing my first sea­son and I’m look­ing for­ward to gain­ing more op­por­tu­ni­ties in the year ahead. It is a great squad to be part of, ev­ery­one gets on so well, and it is an in­cred­i­ble train­ing en­vi­ron­ment.” Varey – who played for Wales at the Gold Coast 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games – is re­turn­ing for her fourth spell with Team Bath hav­ing pre­vi­ously won the Su­per­league ti­tle in Blue & Gold in 2010 and 2013. The wing-at­tack spent last sea­son with Celtic Dragons but con­tin­ued to do some of her train­ing at the Uni­ver­sity of Bath and is thrilled to be back in the colours she first rep­re­sented 12 years ago. “I feel in­cred­i­bly hon­oured to have the op­por­tu­nity to be back in the Blue & Gold dress this sea­son,” said Varey. “The Uni­ver­sity of Bath and the Team Bath fran­chise have played such an in­te­gral role in my net­ball ca­reer to date. “I look for­ward to help­ing en­sure the val­ues and stan­dards that have been en­grained in me when I first started here in 2006 are not only main­tained, but el­e­vated to even higher lev­els this sea­son, in the pur­suit of bring­ing home that sixth ti­tle and help­ing more team-mates achieve their in­ter­na­tional am­bi­tions.” Head coach Jess Thirlby added: “Abi is one of our bright young tal­ents and has been im­prov­ing year on year for the last few sea­sons. She has a great at­ti­tude to learn­ing, a great work ethic and she leads by ex­am­ple. “Abi is a de­ter­mined de­fender who ap­plies her­self to any chal­lenge thrown at her. She is a great role model for all those ath­letes in our Academy and be­yond, and has a bright fu­ture with this team. “We are so pleased to wel­come Amanda back af­ter spend­ing time with Celtic Dragons to sup­port her na­tional squad as­pi­ra­tions with Wales, which we are very proud of. She is one of the long­est serv­ing and most loyal Team Bath play­ers of all time. “Her com­mit­ment, en­ergy and ded­i­ca­tion to be­ing the best she can be for the team is se­cond to none and she will add strength to our at­tack­ing unit.” Fans will have a first chance to watch Rob­son, Varey in ac­tion at the Team Bath Arena when the Sitec-spon­sored Blue & Gold host a tri-tour­na­ment on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 15, fac­ing Sur­rey Storm and benecos­mav­er­icks. For ticket de­tails, in­clud­ing sea­son tick­ets, visit net­ball.team­bath.com.

Team Bath Net­ball’s Abi Rob­son at Mil­som Place, her spon­sors for the 2019 sea­son

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