Hunter Netball's 2020 training squad is filled to the brim with rising stars from the club's first campaign in the Metro League. Photo: Isaac McIntyre

Hunter Netball has named an extended training squad for the upcoming 2020 season, as well as the backroom staff set to lead the young team back into the Metro League in their second campaign under the academy flag.

Natarlia Bridges will return as head coach for the first division team, it has been confirmed, while Angela Samuels and Sallie Partridge will also be involved in the development squad and the second team. Helen Wilson has remained on as manager.

A host of first-division stars are also set to return for the team’s second campaign in the Sydney league, including starting regulars Abbey Allomes, Annie Neenan, Claire Kowald, Emma Rumbel, Megan Aspinall, Mackenzie Stuart, and Zoe Peden.

Dubbo-turned-Newcastle netball star Krystal Dallinger has also found a place in the extended training squad, and brings experience from the former Hunter United Diamonds squad that contested the Metro League in 2018.

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Hunter finished ninth in the top grade in their first season, ahead of metro-based Randwick, and seventh in the fourth division with their second squad. The 4th Division roster clocked up nine wins to finish above Blacktown, Sutherland, and Parramatta.

The 2020 Dooley’s Metro League, hosted by Netball NSW, is expected to return to weekly competition in early April next year. Metro League fixtures will be released by March 25. The league’s finals series will begin in the first week of September.

Hunter Netball has already returned to training, with the extended squads for the first and second rosters to be trimmed by February 2020.

2020 Hunter Netball Training Squad

Abbey Allomes, Abbie Leyshon, Annie Neenan, Charli Carroll, Chelsey Maree Ellis, Claire Kowald, Ella Butcher, Emily Morgan, Emma Rumbel, Emrah Manning, Gabrielle Brown-Thomas, Jemma Lucas, Kate Love, Krystal Dallinger, Krystal Lowe, Kyra Powell, Lashelle Holland, Leah Dove, Lexy Holz, Mackenzie Stuart, Meg Haylen, Megan Aspinall, Mia Atherton, Samantha Keogh, Savannah Angelozzi, Shelley Hill, Summah Johnson, Sydney Slade, Tara Simpson, Tayla Winter, Zoe Peden.