HARLOW-born netball player Jo Harten will return to the England squad for the upcoming Quad Series after being out since September with a knee injury.
The England shooter returns for the tournament that sees the Vitality Roses pitted against Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa in a round-robin format to be hosted in this country.
Harten expressed her delight at returning to the squad on her Twitter page. She said: “2019 bring it on. Haven’t played on home soil since 2016, can’t wait to step out with my England fam for the Quad Series this weekend. Excited.”
England are looking to build on a fantastic 2018, which saw them become Commonwealth gold medallists after completing a shock last-gasp win over hosts and favourites Australia in the final.
Harten played a crucial role in England’s run to the final when she scored a last-second winner in the semi-final win over Jamaica. She was on top form again in the final as she scored 34 out of her 39 attempts on goal.
She was also honoured to attend the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards in December, where the England netball team won both the Team of the Year and the Greatest Sporting Moment of the Year.
Harten posted on Instagram: “BBC Sports Personality of the Year Team of the Year! Incredible night celebrating sport, an honour to represent England Netball on the big stage. Thank you to all those that support us from family and friends to fans, 2018 has been amazing.”
England begin their Quad Series campaign against New Zealand on Sunday December 13, and will be looking to win the tournament for the first time, having finished as runners up in the last two competitions.