West Coast Fever sign key players ahead of 2016 season

Shannon Eagland, who used to play for the Firebirds, has been signed by West Coast Fever. Picture: Chris Hyde/Getty Images.
Shannon Eagland, who used to play for the Firebirds, has been signed by West Coast Fever. Picture: Chris Hyde/Getty Images.

WEST Coast Fever has signed WA rising star Annika Lee-Jones and Victorian midcourter Shannon Eagland ahead of the National Netball League season.

Head Coach Stacey Rosman said both new players possessed qualities that would benefit the team.

“Throughout the recruitment process I was extremely impressed with Shannon’s honest approach as to what was driving her, not only to play at the elite level, but more importantly, to do so for our club,” she said.

“She understands the commitment and hard work that is required to succeed at this level and her willingness to grab this opportunity will only challenge and drive her teammates.

“In Annie, we’ve secured one of the country’s most promising young defenders.

“She has been working extremely hard to progress through both the Netball WA and Netball Australia pathways and her development has been justly rewarded with this opportunity.”

Eagland played a season of the national competition with the Queensland Firebirds in 2012 and Melbourne Vixens in 2013.

The 26-year-old also represented Victoria at under 17, 19 and 21 levels, as well as playing for the Australian under 21 team at the World Youth Cup in 2009.

Lee-Jones has represented the State at under 17, 19 and 21 level with her performances earning her selection in the Australian squads for all three age groups, including the team for next year’s World Youth Cup in Botswana.

The 197cm tall defender has also played an influential role in the Australian Netball League (ANL) for the Western Sting since 2014, as well as for the Perth Lions in the West Australian Netball League where she was named Most Valuable Player in the Lions’ premiership-winning 2015 season.