The Firebirds have completed their 2022 roster with Former England Roses captain Eboni Usoro-Brown signing with the team in 2022. For all the Suncorp Super Netball signing news, stay up to date with our Off-Season Hub and follow The Inner Sanctum’s netball podcast, Over a Third, on Twitter and Instagram to get the news when it breaks.
The 33-year-old played a key role in the English Roses’ Gold Medal win at the Commonwealth Games in 2018 and bronze in the Netball World Cup in 2019. It’s expected that her experience will benefit the young defensive end of the Firebirds in 2021.
Queensland Firebirds High Performance Director, Demelza Fellowes, said the recruitment of Usoro-Brown was a boon for the Club.
“There’s always plenty of excitement around a new signing and when that signing is a highly capped international player, there is even more excitement,” Fellowes said.
“And for an international player to want to move across the world to join the Firebirds I believe that says a lot about our club and what we are building towards.”
With the departure of defender Tara Hinchliffe, Usoro-Brown will be favourite to fill the defensive role for the Firebirds.
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Firebirds Head Coach, Megan Anderson said she was excited to work with Usoro-Brown.
“Eboni brings invaluable experience playing in successful teams, has a commanding presence on court and will offer great knowledge and leadership to our team,” Anderson said.
“Fortunately for us she was excited by the opportunity to join the Firebirds in 2022 and came on board.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have a player of Eboni’s calibre join the Firebirds and can’t wait to see her back as a key defender in SSN.”
Usoro-Brown has been described throughout her career as a fierce competitor and an inspirational leader who can flip a game on its head with her x-factor qualities.
Usoro-Brown has experience in previous iterations of Australian national league competitions, having previously played for the West Coast Fever and the Adelaide Thunderbirds in the ANZ Championship.
The former England captain said she was excited to return to Australia and to pull on that purple dress.
“I’m really excited to be joining the Firebirds this season and being part of a training and competitive environment that will test me as a player and an athlete and ensure I reach my career goals in what is arguably the most competitive league in the world,” Usoro-Brown said.
“They combine elite performance with a family friendly atmosphere and anyone who knows me will understand what a big decision it has been to leave my Team Bath family.”
Usoro-Brown joins the Firebirds after playing a vital role in Team Bath’s season, where the team finished second in the Vitality Netball Superleague.
Falling just short of the ultimate success, has made the former England captain hungrier to see success with the Firebirds.
The signing of Usoro-Brown completes the Firebirds 2022 squad as she joins Kim Ravaillion, Lara Dunkley, Gabi Simpson, Romelda Aiken-George, Gretel Bueta, Mia Stower, Kim Jenner, Jemma Mi Mi and Ruby Bakewell-Doran in the purple.
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