SEVERN Stars have been chopped from next year's Netball Super League. 

The Worcester club was not named among the eight clubs announced as being successful in a tender process to participate in 2025's relaunched league. 

Severn Stars star Sigi Burger said the decision marked the 'end of an era.'

The move means the Stars will miss out on the Super League's ten-year journey to full professionalisation.

A Netball Super League spokesperson said the eight successful clubs were selected due to their ability to deliver the on and off-court advancements needed to raise the standards of the League. 

Two new teams, Birmingham Panthers and Nottingham Forest Netball, will be replacing the Stars in the Super League.

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The University of Worcester will work with the Panthers to build on the success of Severn Stars.

A University spokesperson added: "Severn Stars has become one of the most successful, affordable and inclusive netball franchises of late. 

"We are in discussions to take forward the successes of recent years and hope to have a strong relationship in the future with the new franchise Birmingham Panthers, who we hope to welcome to the University of Worcester Arena for several games in their inaugural season.”

Strathclyde Sirens, Surrey Storm and Team Bath have also been cut from the league. 

Severn Stars was founded in 2016 and currently plays at the University of Worcester Arena. 

A spokesperson for the Stars said the club was 'disappointed' its bid to retain the franchise as part of the Netball Super League 2.0 was not successful. 

The spokesperson added although disappointed by the decision, it was hopeful for the future of the sport in the region. 

The NSL said it would work with the Stars to ensure they receive a 'fitting farewell' and are celebrated for the 'significant impact' they have had on the league and sport. 

The new league structure, which has chopped the teams involved from ten to eight, looks to make a significant step towards professionalisation for the competition. 

Miss Burger, who plays goal shooter for the Stars, added: "I would not have traded the Severn Stars dress for anything. 

"The job is not yet done though. 

"We still have three scheduled matches to go and fighting for some more points on the board."

In the new league, squad sizes will be reduced to ten, with the average salary expected to increase by at least 60 per cent with the minimum salary payment more than doubling.

Player salaries will also increase and the League will be introducing a new salary cap and banding structure. 

There will also be a brand new league to underpin the relaunched Netball Super League for emerging and returning players. 

Fans took to social media to react to the news. 

One season ticket holder said she was 'gutted by the news' and hoped the Stars' journey hadn't ended but paused. 

Another fan said she was ‘heartbroken’, describing Severn Stars as a family.