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Malysha Kelly working overtime for spot on Jamaica's Netball World Cup team

Published:Thursday | April 23, 2015 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey

Sunshine Girl Malysha Kelly said she is working very hard in training as she continues her comeback from a knee injury.

Kelly recently returned to action - in the Berger Paints Elite League - with the St Catherine Racers, after more than six months on the sidelines with patella tendonitis in both knees.

With over 50 caps, the vastly experienced defender has her sights set on representing Jamaica for the second time at the Netball World Cup, to be held in Australia in August.

Kelly is competing for a spot on the national team with Vangelee Williams, Stacian Facey, Nicole Aiken-Pinnock and Shantal Slater.

"All of these girls can play and they've trained hard, so it will be difficult for anybody to make the team," said Kelly.

"You have to work hard for what you want, and I am working hard to make this team to the World Cup," she said.

The lithe defender added that her recovery process is ongoing as sometimes still experiences a bit of pain in one of her knees.

"I can't say that I am fully recovered, but I am now back in competition because the doctor gave me the go-ahead to play," Kelly said.

"One (knee) was worse than the other, and so I am not feeling any in one of them, but there is a slight pain in the other," she explained.

"I am feeling better, and so I am expecting positive things from here going forward," she said.

"Playing in the club league has helped my recovery, and so I am just staying focused and continuing to work on my game."

Kelly last represented the Sunshine Girls at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland, having made her debut in 2008 at the American Federation of Netball Associations (AFNA) Championships in St Vincent and Grenadines

Jamaica finished fourth at the last Netball World Cup, which was held in Singapore in 2011.