Manchester Thunder have signed four England youth internationals as training partners ahead of the new Vitality Netball Superleague (VNSL) season.
The black and yellows have retained the services of centre courters Alicia Scholes, daughter of Manchester United legend Paul Scholes, and Ella Standring who both played at U21 Netball Europe last year.
Two new additions, filling the spots left by the elevation of Berri Neil and Lois Pearson to the main squad, are England U21 defender Millie Sanders and shooter Emilia Roscoe who move up from the U21 squad.
They are joined by fellow pathway product and defender Elia McCormick who makes up the Thunder squad.
Manchester Thunder Head Coach and Director of Netball, Karen Greig, said: “This training partner group massively excites me, all have worked really hard over the last few years and are products of our top class pathway programme boasting four out of five of them in the England under 21 programme.
“Millie Sanders and Emilia Roscoe have taken the opportunity with two hands this season stepping up from our U21 programme having shown they are more than capable of playing at this level.
After a solid year as training partners last season, it’s great to have Elia McCormick, Ella Standring and Alicia Scholes back with us they are starting to really mature on the court.
“All our training partners are super excited at the prospect of working themselves into match days squads and I have the belief in them all that they will more than stand up to the challenge.”
This comes after the news that three Vitality Roses in Amy Carter, Eleanor Cardwell and Laura Malcolm would also be returning to Thunder next term.