Rosie Harris back for Rhinos
Rosie Harris has returned to Leeds Rhinos Netball for next season.
Rosie Harris is making her return to netball after a year out of the game to re-sign with her former club Leeds Rhinos Netball for the 2023 Vitality Netball Superleague season.
Harris, who made her Rhinos debut in the club’s first ever game against Celtic Dragons, made eight appearances in that first year. An athletic and versatile player, she can cover Centre, Wing Attack and Wing Defence and covered Goal Keeper in her first year.
The Yorkshire-born player started out with Linden and Leeds Athletic. She attended the Grammar School at Leeds and by the age of 16 was training with Yorkshire Jets and represented England at Under-17s level. She left Jets after two years and joined Loughborough Lightning, where she played for the next three seasons.
After time out from the game due to a knee injury she switched her attention to triathlons, but she was drawn back the sport to join Leeds Rhinos. Once again, she has been tempted back to the sport after attending the open trials run by the Rhinos earlier this year.
"𝙄𝙩 𝙛𝙚𝙚𝙡𝙨 𝙜𝙤𝙤𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙗𝙚 𝙗𝙖𝙘𝙠!"
— Leeds Rhinos Netball (@RhinosNetballSL) August 26, 2022
Speaking about her decision to re-join the Rhinos she said: “It feels great to be back in the Rhinos fold, I have missed netball in general but being back within a team feels so good. I have played netball my whole life so being back within a team environment will be very important for me. Triathlon is great, but certainly, the team aspect of training is what I really enjoy.
“I am really looking forward to working with Liana, she has so much experience, especially in mid-court, so it’s going to be good to have the opportunity to learn from her.
“When I last played for Leeds it was the season that was played behind closed doors so I can’t wait to play in front of crowds again. The fans are great, especially in Yorkshire and at Leeds Rhinos. When I went to the first direct Arena to watch the team last season the atmosphere was incredible so it will be great to being part of that.
Leeds Rhinos Netball head coach Liana Leota said: “Rosie was hands down the stand out player at our trials, you wouldn’t have thought she had a year out from the game. For me, she dominated in all three positions that she covered. I think it’s just her natural athleticism, she’s a six foot mid-courter, which is very rare. She is very intuitive, so just plays on what she sees but has a real flair about it all. She can cover multiple positions, but it’s highly likely I really want her to dominate that wing defence and centre position.”
Harris joins Brie Grierson, Vicki Oyesola and Michelle Magee as players signed for the 2023 Rhinos Netball squad.