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Netball - 30. August 2007.

Neville to Return to Competition In the South



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Neville, 30, amassed more than 70 international caps before suffering a
serious knee injury which has kept her from the domestic and international
arena for two and a half years. But now, following extensive
rehabilitation, Neville is set to exchange her place in the Sky Sports
netball commentary booth and return the game which she loves.


"I am delighted to announce that I will be trialling for Brunel
Hurricanes this forthcoming Superleague season," she said. "A serious knee
operation nearly three years ago not only brought my international career
to an end but became the start of one of the most difficult periods in my
life".


Now looking fitter and healthier than ever, Tracey has endured an
intensive period of recovery which has reignited her spark and passion to
play at the top level. "The turning point came when I contacted Bill
Knowles from Isport Orthopaedic clinic in America, an athletic trainer who
has been working very closely with some of England's top rugby players and
a specialist in knee rehabilitation. Undertaking a gruelling
rehabilitation programme since Easter, which has been monitored by my
close friend Marion Lofthouse, has given me a chance to play a sport which
has been a huge part of my life for the past 20 years".


Neville certainly has a wealth of experience under her belt; she has
represented England in two Commonwealth Games and two World Championships.
The shooter and attacker believes that despite her break away from the
sport and providing she stays fit, she still has plenty to offer and is
keen to be involved in a thriving period for netball in the UK. "I have
no doubt that I am mentally tough enough to compete and play against the
best. Physically I hope that I am able to achieve this goal and firstly I
want to be selected into the Brunel Hurricanes squad for the new Netball
Superleague season."


Neville certainly has a wealth of experience under her belt; she has
represented England in two Commonwealth Games and two World Championships.
The shooter and attacker believes that despite her break away from the
sport and providing she stays fit, she still has plenty to offer and is
keen to be involved in a thriving period for Netball in the UK; "I have no
doubt that I am mentally tough enough to compete and play against the
best, ".


Neville, who represented Northern Thunder in the Netball Super Cup (the
precursor to the current Netball Superleague competition) prior to her
injury, now intends a life changing move from Manchester to London and is
convinced that Hurricanes is a team going places: "I have no doubts that
this year Brunel has the potential to be a serious competitor in the final
and I am excited that I could be a part of this".


The Netball Superleague restarts on 27 October 2007. Further information
about matches and squads is available at www.englandnetball.co.uk
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