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Netball star Sasha Corbin, 27, gets recalled to England squad

RECALLED: Netball star Sasha Corbin

RECALLED: Netball star Sasha Corbin

LOUGHBOROUGH LIGHTNING’S Sasha Corbin only made one resolution in 2016 and that was “to enjoy my netball”.

The year has got off to a good start with a recall to the England squad for the upcoming three-match Test series against world champions Australia which began at Merseyside’s Echo Arena on January 20.

The 27-year-old mid-court player is starting the year with a renewed vigour after her move from Hertfordshire Mavericks and she is keen to make up for lost time after missing out on the squad that won a bronze medal in last years World Cup in Australia.

Sasha admits the triumvirate of games – the last two games are at the Copper Box Arena in London – is the perfect opportunity for the new addictions to see where they are against the world’s top team.

She told The Voice: “I think it’s an amazing opportunity to get back out there and play against the world’s best.

“There is no better way to start a four-year cycle than to play against the most challenging opposition possible.

“We will be able to learn a lot from it, it will be great for new players that are coming through to have a go and test themselves and it’s about putting out best foot forward.

“I think in general, whenever we perform really well it has a massive impact and whatever the result I think it’s about what we can take from that and how we can improve.

“It is just a great opportunity in general and it is so soon after the World Cup – we’ve lost seven players from that team and there are they are tough shoes to fill.

“Someone like Pamela Cookey was a huge player in the team so it will definitely be a good learning curve and opportunity for the new players coming through.”

Despite her excitement for the Tests and the start of the Vitality Superleague, she admits it was a struggle not to be part of the squad in Sydney.

Having first become part of the Roses set-up in 2009, she has gone on to collect 41 caps.

She added: “Yes I am excited to be back. It was hard on the sidelines as you always want to be out there representing your country.

“It was a tough time but I’m all about being positive and making sure I’m around people that are being supportive of my journey.

“It’s about focussing on the next thing, you can’t dwell too much on what happened.”

A situation that the Londoner feels could have a positive affect on the exposure afforded to netball.

The new Superleague season gives Sasha, whose sister Kadeen also plays for England, the chance to make an impression on her new team and fans.

“It’s been quite an easy transition moving to Loughborough and the girls there are amazing to work with,” she admits.

“I just want to continue to have the passion for netball and be a part of winning teams and to continue to grow.”

* Sky Sports’ biggest ever season of netball begins with live coverage of all three international matches between England and Australia followed by every round of the Vitality Netball Superleague.

WORDS: Natasha Henry

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