Eleanor Cardwell becomes the first signing for the Melbourne Mavericks (Image: Melbourne Mavericks)

England Rose Eleanor Cardwell has become the first signing with the newly developed Melbourne Mavericks.

Cardwell was a part of the historical Adelaide Thunderbirds premiership side for the 2023 season, being an integral player in their success. The dominant shooter will continue her netball journey with long time coach Tracey Neville being a close mentor and friend.

Cardwell started begun here career in the UK with the Manchester Thunder for nine years and the Severn Stars for two in the Netball Super League (NSL). Initially beginning her elite career as a defender, Cardwell transitioned into a shooter during the 2015 NSL season.

This positional change worked wonders, as Cardwell quickly shot to the top debuting for the Roses in 2016, representing her country on 64 occasions.

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The 29-year-old is a stalwart in the Roses campaign coming out of a World Cup silver medallist, while besting any defender on her. Cardwell’s versatility is a threat to any team while also being able to shoot from long distance.

During her season with the Thunderbirds, Cardwell shook teams to the core, causing headaches on every play. She was named grand final MVP in front of a strong and dedicated Melbourne crowd. Cardwell is a five time national league champion, winning four with the Thunder.

The split Cardwell holds adds another string to her bow, being able to get herself closer to the post with no problem.

New Mavericks head coach Tracey Neville worked with Cardwell last year at Adelaide and noticed her growth over the last three years in the UK.

“El has grown as a player and an individual over the last three years and is one of the dominant forces in International netball,” Neville said.

“She is such a strong target under the post and her dominance to shoot from range, take the ball under pressure, and feed into the circle is a force. She has really grown as a leader over the last year.”

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