22nd Feb, 2019

Wasps star Harris set for emotional return ahead of Surrey Storm clash

Ben Tyler 1st Feb, 2019

IT is set to be an emotional weekend for Wasps Netball’s Katie Harris, as she prepares to face her former club at her old stomping ground.

Wasps take on Surrey Storm, having registered successive victories to open their 2019 campaign, and will look to make it three wins from three on Saturday.

The former Storm player starred for her old side for eight years, with the upcoming clash proving the first time she will have faced her former team-mates.

Harris has appeared in the opening victories for Wasps at goal attack, and in joining the Black and Golds has been able to link up with Rachel Dunn once more, who she previously excelled alongside at Surrey.

The new Wasps star has admitted she is already making improvements to her game under the provision of her new team-mates and coaches.

“It’s going to be quite emotional for me going back to Storm,” said Harris.

“I have some great memories of my time there and I’m still good friends with everyone there, but my focus is completely on Wasps now and those friendships will be put to one side when we’re out on court.

“I’m really enjoying my time at Wasps so far, my teammates have been very supportive since I arrived.

“I feel like I’ve improved as a player already, especially on the technical side of my game.

“It’s been great playing with Rachel Dunn again too. We know we need to make that combination the best it can possibly be, so that is a big focus for us every week in training.”

Wasp’s clash with the Storm gets underway when centre-pass is made at 6pm, and they go into the game as only one of two undefeated teams in the Vitality Superleague.

The fixture bears more importance as it is set to mark the third contest of the Tom Reseigh Trophy, honouring the former team manager of Surrey, who unfortunately passed in October 2016 following a long battle with cancer.

Harris acknowledged her former coach. and re-iterated the importance of remembering his impact for the club.

“The match is in memory of Tom Reseigh, which is really important to a lot of us and is a great recognition of everything he did for the game,” Harris added.

“It’s a period of change at Storm but Mikki Austin has done well to assemble a talented squad there, who achieved a huge win against Bath.

“We know it will be a big challenge and they always have a great crowd at Storm too.”

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