Dynamic midcourter, Laura Langman has withdrawn from the Lightning squad for the 2018 Suncorp Super Netball season.
After extensive consultation with the Club, Langman has returned to New Zealand and will take a break from the sport in 2018.
“I have come to the decision that I am going to step away from netball in 2018,” Langman said.
“At this point in time I have nothing concrete planned for next year, but I will put more energy into travel, work and family life at home.
“There were a lot of tears and a lot of thought put into this, but I am happy with my decision.
“I have memories that will last forever, so thank you to everyone involved in the Club for the amazing journey. I am sad but excited to see what is ahead.”
Lightning Coach, Noeline Taurua praised Langman’s contribution to the Club.
“Laura helped establish Lightning and she deserves recognition for her professionalism on and off the court.
“I am grateful we reunited this season and had the opportunity to work together once more. We learned from each other and she will no doubt take some Lightning traits back home.
“It was an extremely tough decision for Laura to make. Lightning values its people highly and I am proud of the way the Club supported her during the process.
A veteran of 141 consecutive Test matches, Langman represented New Zealand from 2005-2016 but was ineligible for selection this year while playing in Australia.
She has represented New Zealand at three Netball World Cups (2007, 2011, 2015) and has not ruled out the possibility of a fourth tournament at England in 2019.
“Netball New Zealand is happy with the strategy and the team it has, so conversations need to take place for me to get back into the Silver Ferns,” Langman explained.
“Sometimes as a player, these decisions are not in your control and I think to help me get through this tough time I have to approach it like a non-selection.
“To date, every decision I have made is to make myself a better player and a better person to represent New Zealand.”
Sunshine Coast Lightning will announce a replacement player by the end of the month.
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