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Lightning search is on to fill roster after star's departure

HAS LEFT: Laura Langman.
HAS LEFT: Laura Langman. Warren Lynam

NETBALL: Sunshine Coast coach Noeline Taurua says the club's search for a 10th player extends to the other side of the world.

The Lightning is looking at its options to essentially replace star mid-courter Laura Langman after the 31-year-old and the reigning Super Netball champions parted ways a fortnight ago.

They have until the end of the month to lock-in the final piece of the team puzzle but there is a relative shortage of available talent in Australia and New Zealand because the other major clubs there have already finalised their squads.

"With Australia and New Zealand the door is a bit closed and we'll be looking at second-tier players," she said.

But they are also scouring the globe.

"We're lucky that England (clubs) haven't signed their players, not until the 30th of November, so there is an opening there," she said.

There is also the chance the club could promote one of its training partners.

New Zealander Langman left the Lightning with fond memories, saying she will put more energy into travel, work and family life in 2018.

So there will be a reshuffle on court, with Madeline McAulliffe, Karla Mostert and Erena Mikaere potentially moving into the wing defence position if the new signing doesn't.

The former spent some time there last season but basically made way for Langman, who moved from centre.

Mostert was the Lightning's enforcer at goal defence last season but has played at wing defence for South Africa.

Mikaere spent some time at goal defence in 2017 but was on the interchange bench for a large chunk of the season.

"She has been chomping at the bit," Taurua said.

The Lightning returned to pre-season training on Tuesday with the same squad as the one which won the title, except for Langman.

The season proper gets under way in late April.

Topics:  sunshine coast lightning super netball


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