Leeds Rhinos Netball bolstered their defensive depth with the signing of 20-year-old Northern Ireland international, Michelle Magee for the 2021 Vitality Netball Superleague season.
The versatile defender, who was named Northern Ireland’s International Young Player of the Year in 2019 has been part of the Loughborough Lightning pathway since 2018 and earned training opportunities within their Superleague environment in the past two years.
Capable of playing across all three defensive positions, she joins the club with plenty of international experience already on her CV. She represented the Northern Ireland senior team at 2018 Commonwealth Games as an 18-year-old and played in last year’s Netball World Cup in Liverpool. She’s previously captained the Northern Ireland U17s and was Vice Captain for the U21s and competed in the 2017 World Youth Cup in Botswana, before establishing herself in the national senior team.
Magee is in her final year of a biomedical engineering degree at Loughborough University.
WHAT THE COACH SAYS:
“Michelle has shown a lot of promise in recent years and is very determined and committed to improve her craft and push herself to the next level.
“At the World Cup last year, she competed against the likes of Steph Wood, Maria Folau and Sam Wallace, some of the best shooters in the world, and it was such a valuable experience for her.
“She is learning and growing all the time and is starting to understand what it takes to be a high performing athlete. I’m looking forward to seeing her progress and develop further throughout our programme.” – High Performance Director and Superleague Head Coach for Leeds Rhinos Netball, Dan Ryan