Leeds Rhinos Netball made a major addition to their squad with the signing of the Northern Ireland Vice-Captain Fi Toner, 30, from Team Bath.
Toner, a specialist defensive player, has a wealth of experience on the international scene since making her senior debut as a 19-years-old at 2009 Nations Cup Competition in Singapore. Since then she has amassed over 80 test caps for her country.
The Belfast-born player was Vice-Captain for Northern Ireland in last year’s Netball World Cup and has played in two Commonwealth Games in 2014 and 2018. In 2019 she was named Northern Ireland’s Senior International Player of the Year.
Team Bath became Toner’s third Superleague club in 2020, having previously played at Team Northumbria and London Pulse, where she was one of their standout performers in the 2019 season.
An all-round talented athlete, Toner has also played basketball for MacMurray College, Illinois, USA, and was part of the Ulster Rockets team that won the All-Ireland National Cup in 2011.
WHAT THE COACH SAYS:
“Fi is an experienced campaigner at Superleague level and has over a decade of international experience under her belt which will be invaluable for the youth in our squad.
“She’s a very versatile defender with a brilliant ability to read the play and she’s one of the best in the business at picking off that crucial intercept when it’s needed the most.
“I believe Fi still has another level of performance in her and I think she can unlock that in our full-time programme.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing her play alongside the Vicki Oyesloa, they have the potential to form a really lethal partnership in our backline.” – High Performance Director and Superleague Head Coach for Leeds Rhinos Netball, Dan Ryan