SEVERN Stars have signed two more key players from last season as the countdown to the new campaign continues.
Shooter Paige Reed and mid-courter Lucy Harris have signed up for a second season with Vitality Netball Superleague franchise.
The 22-year-old Reed impressed in her debut season and hopes to make further progress in the coming campaign.
“I wanted to return as I learnt a lot being a part of Stars last year and am really keen to keep progressing,” she said.
“Having some new staff and players is also an exciting opportunity and working with new people will be a great challenge going forwards.”
Harris, who joined Stars last season from Wasps Netball, said she was excited to be returning.
“I felt I really found my feet last year in the team, so I can’t wait to push on to more success with my Stars family,” said the 23-year-old.
“I felt there was definitely unfinished business given that we beat Manchester Thunder, the 2019 Vitality Netball Superleague champions, so this group has the capacity to really compete for the top four if we play a little more consistently, which is what I hope we can do.”
Reed and Harris join a Stars line-up which so far includes New Zealand star Liana Leota and Wales internationals Nia Jones, Bethan Dyke and the re-signed Georgia Rowe.
Head coach Melissa Bessell said: “Paige Reed is a beautifully cool calm athlete with an amazing one, two step that Muhammad Ali would be proud of.
“She is going to shine brightly this season playing alongside Liana Leota. I think we will truly see some amazing new and exciting netball this coming season with this duo, and I cannot wait to watch Paige flourish again for Severn Stars.
“Lucy adds cream to the top of our attacking team as she re-signs for another season with Severn Stars. With Liana and Bethan. I know that this trio will not only be exciting and explosive, but will offer some amazing speed, agility and pure breath-taking netball.”