Parsons and Gulvin return for Surrey Storm


Last update: 9/10/20 3:44 PM

Englishman Yasmin Parsons is back for another season with Surrey Storm as one of the first two newcomers to the franchise for 2020

Surrey Storm is the latest team to join the Vitality Superleague announcements with Yasmin Parson and Emily Gulvin for the 2021 season.

With the October 31 registration deadline only a few weeks away, Storm has begun pulling its roster together and both Gulvin and Parsons are an important part of their roster. Together with player-coach Mikki Austin in the lineup announced so far.

Storm will be without Lorraine Kowalewska and Katy Hughes, both of whom have announced their resignation, while Sophie Hankin has taken on a netball role in Dubai, meaning the squad has years of experience in the Superleague.

Parsons, who is currently in New Zealand preparing for a three-game series against world champions New Zealand with the Vitality Roses roster, is back for another season after moving to Surrey in 2015.

The 27-year-old wing attack will also maintain her position as vice-captain and can't wait to get started when the Superleague season returns in February after the 2020 campaign was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

I'm back for another season with this incredible franchise … I'm excited to see where this year takes us. I can't wait for the season to start !!! ⛈????????

– @ ℙ???????????????????????? (@ Yazparsons93) October 8, 2020

"I'm very excited to be at the Storm family club for the sixth time. It's always an honor to wear this duck egg blue dress.

"This year will be a little different as some of the legends who recently announced their resignation are absent. As a new team, however, we are ready for the challenges ahead.

"I'm ready to go back to court with this team and see what we're made of."

Parsons will be supported in 2021 by the 23-year-old Pathway product Gulvin, who has established itself as part of Austin's roster for the past three seasons.

"I love working with Mikki and our other coaches and I'm very interested in developing myself as a player and seeing how we develop as a team."

“The team environment at Storm is always positive, supportive and challenging and I look forward to building on previous relationships.

"Another amazing part of the game for Storm is the fans. They are so supportive and dedicated and I can't wait to play in front of my home crowd again soon!"

Franchise Director and Head Coach Austin is excited to have had a busy off-season and is accelerating preparations for the new season in which Parsons and Gulvin will play a key role.

Mikki Austin is putting together her roster for the new Vitality Superleague season

Mikki Austin is putting together her roster for the new Vitality Superleague season

"As English Rose and our Vice Captain, Yaz is such an important member of the team and what we want to build here at Surrey Storm.

"Her signing for the next season and beyond is fantastic news. As one of the deadliest wing attacks in the game, we look forward to continuing to work with her and develop her game.

"Emily Gulvin gives us such a dynamic and fast midfield option that we are very excited to sign her for the next season and beyond.

"As someone who was part of the Surrey Storm NPL system and seen her career through to the Superleague, Emily is the epitome of what our program is about – hard work, dedication and resilience."

Netball is back on your Sky Sports screens as the Vitality Roses battle world champions New Zealand in a three-game series. Coverage of all three games will begin on Wednesday October 28th


Steven Gregory