Laura Langman calls time on netball career

Laura Langman of the Lightning in action during the Round 3 Super Netball match between the Melbourne Vixens and the Sunshine Coast Lightning. Albert Perez/Getty Images

Silver Ferns great and Sunshine Coast skipper Laura Langman has called time on her netball career.

The most capped Silver Fern in history, Langman has decided to retire after leading the Lightning into this year's Super Netball preliminary final.

She led the side to their first title in 2017 and while she missed the 2018 premiership, Langman returned for a third grand final appearance in 2019, with the team falling to the NSW Swifts.

Formerly the New Zealand captain, Langman retired from international netball in August, with 163 Test caps and steps down having won all major netball titles, including last year's World Cup.

Forging a reputation as the engine room of the Lightning midcourt, Langman was prolific ball-winner, widely regarded as the best in the world at her role.

Lightning coach Kylee Byrne said that while she'd love the midcourter to remain at the club for another season, she had the utmost respect for Langman's decision.

"The legacy that Lauz will leave at our club and the sport in general is monumental, one of netball's greats has retired this week," Byrne said.

"I could spend hours highlighting the great moments and attributes that make Lauz so special and those that know her or have been in her presence will understand that she is one of a kind.

"When you join the Lightning family, you are forever part of the fabric of this club and we are sure that Lauz will not be a stranger in seasons to come."

Langman's career spanned 18 years, playing for Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic (2003-2012), Northern Mystics (2013-2015), NSW Swifts (2016) and Sunshine Coast Lightning (2017,2019-2020).