Mikki Austin is back in control of the Storm ladies for the 2021/22 Vitality Netball Superleague season.
This will be the 27 year olds seventh season with Storm where she originally signed in 2015.
Since then Austin has become the face of the franchise and grown into the head coaching role after back to back Superlegague championships in 2015 and 2016.
Excited to return Austin commented “It feels great to be back.
“I love this franchise and everything it represents so its hugely exciting to continue in the player coach role for another year.”
Looking to bounce back after a difficult covid season Austin has spent time over the summer reflecting where the Storm squad needs to be. “I think we’ve all learnt how quickly the game of netball is evolving and just how fast the game is professionalising on and off the court.
“This year we’ve really looked at our whole programme, on and off the court and looked at where we can make some real performance related decisions to enhance performance.
“As a championship winning franchise last season was not good enough but now we have to look forward.”
As Mikki’s playing role finishes with the close of season, her head coach role continues and she hasn’t stopped working to achieve the squad she wants next season.
“ The summer has been busy!! everyone keeps asking me if I’ve enjoyed the ‘off season’, THERE IS NO OFF SEASON!
“It’s been relentless since the day after the grand final but we had a clear recruitment strategy and also had clear site on retaining the spine of our team.
I’m really pleased with where we have got to and I think the surrey storm fans can be hugely excited for 2022.”
Welcome back Mikki.