Mikki Austin and Surrey Storm secures Katy Hughes' signature for next season
Last Updated: 30/08/19 2:44pm
Katy Hughes, Surrey Storm's all-time leading appearance maker, has signed a new contract with Mikki Austin's side for the 2020 Vitality Superleague season.
Hughes joins Yasmin Parsons in putting pen to paper in order to stay at Austin's franchise. Together they will look to lead from the front as Parsons takes on the role of vice-captain under Hughes.
"It was an easy decision to return to and it's an honour to be asked to captain Storm - it's a club that means a lot to me," said Hughes on Storm's Twitter page.
"I hope I can use some of my experience to enthuse, inspire and guide both on and off the court"
The franchise's director of netball Austin has already confirmed that preparations for next season are "90 per cent done" and shared her excitement and what's on the horizon for the outfit.
Storm finished last season in eighth position, qualifying for the British Fast5 Netball All-Stars Championship which is live on Sky Sports in October, and their sights are set on a strong Superleague campaign after that.
"Two-thirds of our squad are returners, which I'm very happy about, but there are going to be some changes," noted Austin at the franchise's official website.
"I can honestly say that I have a real intense feeling about the team that we have together this year, the personalities that we have, and the calibre of players that we've managed to band together. I think we're looking at a team whose ambition should be driven towards the top four."
Msomi leaves Wasps to start coaching career
Bongiwe Msomi has taken up a position as coach and netball manager at the University of Johannesburg, signalling the end of her time at Wasps.
Elsewhere in the league, Kathryn Turner and Laura Malcolm will remain with the reigning champions Manchester Thunder with the runners-up, Wasps, losing Bongiwe Msomi to a coaching position back in South Africa.
Maryka Holtzhausen has announced her retirement, as did Kerry Almond before the denouement of last season.
Sky Sports is your home of netball and our live action returns on October 6 with coverage of the Fast5 All Stars Championships from The O2 while international netball returns in November with England's three-match series in South Africa.