Tracey Neville named as first coach of Craig Hutchison’s new Super Netball franchise IG News

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Former England coach Tracy Neville is excited to design the blueprint for Super Netball’s new Melbourne team, which will enter the competition in 2024.

Neville will move to the yet-to-be-named outfit from the Adelaide Thunderbirds, where he served as an assistant on this year’s title-winning team.

The team, owned by media group Sports Entertainment Network, will replace Collingwood, who left the eight-team competition at the end of the 2023 season, and will be based south-east of Melbourne.

Sister of English football greats Gary and Phil Neville, Tracey coached the England national netball team between 2015 and 2019 after earning 81 caps as a player.

He led England Roses to a historic gold medal and Australia a silver medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.

The 46-year-old becomes the second international coach to lead a Super Netball team after Kiwi Noelle Taurua, who led the Sunshine Coast Lightning to two titles before moving into the Silver Ferns coaching role.