Beth Cobden, Natalie Panagarry and Hannah Joseph join Loughborough
Last Updated: 24/09/16 5:43pm
Beth Cobden is returning to the Vitality Superleague having been confirmed as one of three England internationals for Loughborough Lightning next season.
Lightning became the latest franchise to announce the first of their arrivals ahead of the 2017 season and it is a hugely exciting start with three England mid-courters on board for the new season.
With three new franchises joining a 10-team division and team rosters trimmed to 12 players, it promises to be the most competitive season in Superleague history and Loughborough have confirmed a strong core as the first of their players.
All three were part of the England squad at the Quad Series in Australia and New Zealand last month with Cobden back in the Superleague after a year travelling overseas.
Having previously played for Manchester Thunder she spent time training with Lightning last season and head coach Karen Atkinson is pleased to have her on board.
"I'd particularly like to welcome Beth to the franchise. She is no stranger to our environment having trained with us for five months last season," said Atkinson.
"Although this will be her first time in the Lightning colours, I have no doubt she will add to both our on court performances and off court environment."
Panagarry and Joseph are back in Lightning colours as the franchise look to make the play-offs having missed out last year.
Joseph will be back for a fifth season while Panagarry enjoyed an impressive debut season which ended in her first England cap over the summer months and Atkinson added: "I am delighted that we have secured three mid-court players of such a high calibre ahead of the 2017 season.
"Having worked with all 3 of them to varying degrees over the last few years I cannot speak highly enough of them in terms of their skill level, work ethic and team approach.
"In a season where changes are inevitable, it is fantastic to be able to provide a level of consistency and continuity to the Lightning squad this year and build on the improvements we have made in the last two seasons.