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Netball international Francis joins Fever

AAP logoAAP 24/09/2016

West Coast Fever have signed English international Stacey Francis for the opening two seasons of the new National Netball League.

The 28-year-old Birmingham defender says she can't wait to wear green in 2017.

"I am incredibly excited to join the Fever family," Francis said on Saturday.

"It's an organisation I've heard nothing but good things about and the opportunity to contribute to the ongoing success of the club in the new National Netball League was too good to pass up."

Francis has spent more than a decade playing in the English Superleague and has won five league titles with Team Bath and two separate Player of the Year awards.

She says West Coast head coach Stacey Rosman was a major factor in her decision to continue her career in Australia.

"I got a fantastic vibe from the conversations I've had with Stacey and have been very impressed by the clear vision and direction she has for our team."

"The decision to leave home was certainly not one I made lightly but the prospect of being a part of this team and investing not only in my future but that of the club's is something I'm passionate about."

Francis is the first of 10 players confirmed in Fever's playing squad ahead of the 2017 season.

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