Eleanor Cardwell returns to Manchester Thunder

Manchester Thunder’s Eleanor Cardwell will be back in black and yellow for the 2020 season as the Vitality Rose re-signs for the Vitality Netball Superleague champions.

The 24-year old shooter, who was key to securing the victory in the 2019 Grand Final against Wasps when she came on in the final minutes, rejoined Thunder last year and proved invaluable in providing options in the shooting circle.

She has now put pen to paper on a two-year deal which will keep her in the North West – the region where she grew up and rose through the ranks from youth level to the Vitality Netball Superleague – until at least 2021.

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Cardwell is Thunder’s latest signing for the 2020 campaign following the re-signing of Laura Malcolm and Kathryn Turner and new addition Ashleigh Neal.

Speaking about the news, Cardwell said: “I’m so excited for this upcoming season and to see how we can build on the last and try and reclaim the Vitality Netball Superleague title.

“First of all we’ve got the Fast5 this autumn during which we will be able to show off our flair and why we won last year’s Vitality Netball Superleague title.

“One thing that really brings Thunder together and gives us the edge is the amazing Manchester crowd. I can’t wait to see everyone at our first home game cheering us on loud and proud.”

Thunder’s Director of Netball Karen Greig added: “What an end to the 2019 season from Cardwell as she showed beyond any doubt how integral she was to our title-winning team. She grew throughout the season for us and developed key partnerships within the attacking unit.

“I’m so happy to have such an influential and calm key moment player back on board and looking forward to building further with her into the coming season.”

Tickets for the Season Opener 2020, that features every Vitality Netball Superleague team in one venue, are selling fast so secure your seats now!

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