Harten transferred to Lightning last week from last year’s SuperLeague winners, Team Bath. The move comes in the SuperLeague January transfer window, which has grown in momentum this season.
Harten was straight on court for Lightning the day after her transfer was confirmed, helping the girls to secure a 73 – 34 win against the Celtic Dragons. Making her debut in Lightning colours, Harten was already shooting at 90% accuracy, netting over half the goals scored to claim victory.
Harten has been in the England Netball squad for a number of years now, making it to the under 17, 19 and 21 teams. She represented England last year at the Netball World Championships, which meant that she was unable to actually play for Team Bath in the first half of the season.
Harten said, “Playing at the World Championships was great. I played three games and got my first cap for England. I was really disappointed we didn’t get a medal but it will just make us train harder to make sure we get it next time.
She continued, “I started at the West of England University in Bristol last year and I wasn’t enjoying it so I decided to look elsewhere. I knew Loughborough University has great courses and the opportunities for sport are amazing, plus I knew that Lightning was a really good team and I have friends in the area.
“I really enjoyed my debut performance at Loughborough and am really excited about the rest of the season. I want to win and I am in the right team to do it. I can’t wait to play every game and give it my best.”