Squad updates announced by Lightning Football for 24/25 season

Lightning Football player Abbey Hateley in action on the pitch

Abbey Hateley in action vs Sheffield, during the 2023/2024 season.

Looking ahead to the 2024/25 season Loughborough Lightning can confirm the following updates to the playing squad.

Players departing the club:

  • Emily Sharpe
  • Abbey Hateley
  • Khari Turner
  • Hannah Snape
  • Jorja Patterson

Emily Sharpe, otherwise known as ‘Sharpie’, has been pivotal in developing Loughborough Lightning after the merger with Loughborough Foxes in 2020. The versatile defender has made 66 appearances for Lightning. In addition to her commitment on the pitch, Sharpie has built the Molly’s Gift Charity, the sleeve sponsor for Lightning.

More information on Molly’s Gift can be found here.

Abbey Hateley moves away from Loughborough after completing her degree in Sport and Exercise Science. Hateley joined the team in 2021 and has been a key defensive and attacking player with fantastic adaptability to play on the right or left. Hateley has made 64 appearances for Loughborough.

Turner leaves after a short stay, joining Lightning in early 2024 on a dual registration from Leicestershire side River City. After an impressive performance against Lightning in the Leicestershire and Rutland County Cup, Turner provided back-up to Alicia Grimmond, featuring in the 6-1 away victory at Notts County in April.

Hannah Snape also departs Lightning after a successful single season with the club. The Birmingham University student cemented her place at Lightning, playing 10 times this season. Snape departs as she relocates from the area.

Jorja Patterson will also be departing as she completes her undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science. Jorja progressed through Loughborough University’s Athletic Union sides before gaining a place in the Lightning Squad for the past two seasons.

Charles Baxter, Loughborough Lightning's Head Coach, commented, “Firstly, I would like to thank everyone that is departing us for their service to the club. Whether they were here for only a short period of time or not, every single person has made a big contribution to the continued success and growth of this football club.

I wish them all the best in their future endeavours, and no matter where they go, they will always be part of the Lightning family.”