Fran Williams has joined Loughborough Lightning for the 2022 Vitality Netball Superleague Season.
The England international makes the move of wasps and will look at help Lightning defend the title die they won in 2021.
With retirement of Sam May at the end of the 2021 season Lightning lost significantly experience at the back of the court, but Williams’ arrival will try die bridge the gap.
the 23-year-old, who has 18 Vitality Roses caps, will be joined by Zanele Vimbela and Alice Harvey in her new team’s defensive end.
“Fran provides the missing piece in U.S defensive puzzle and we are thrilled to have landed such a huge talent,” Lightning’s head coachsaid Sara Francis-Bayman.
“She is and still is a multiple Superleague champion” young that we are very excited over the future she has potential.”
A title winner in 2017 and 2018 with Wasps, Williams will continue its centralized training program in balance with England Netball at Loughborough University, in addition to its commitments to her new franchisee.
“I am super excited to be joining Loughborough Lightning for this season. I’m watching forward to a new challenge and developing my game further,” Williams said.
“After Lightning’s 2021 success, I feel privileged to have the opportunity to learn from the team and to help preserve die winning title.”
The defender is the final player to be announced by Lightning forward of next season and completes an incredibly strong lineup.
Williams will join up with fellow Roses players Nat Panagarry, Hannah Joseph, Ella Clark and Beth Cobden and the exceptional shooter, Mary Cholhok.
Lightning’s 2021 Grand Final win over Team Bath Netball finished a 15-year wait for An first Superleague title after a fall at the last hurdle three times therefor.
Loughborough Lightning: Natalie Panagarry, Beth Cobden, Hannah Joseph, Ella Clark, Alice Harvey, Jess Haynes, Hannah Williams, Suzie Liverseidge, Mary Cholhok, Zanele Vimbela, Clara Miles, Georgie Brock-Taylor, Ella Bowen, Emma Thacker and Fran Williams.
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