Laura Langman looks to have closed the door on a return to the Silver Ferns.

Australian franchise the Sunshine Coast Lightning have won the tug of war battle with Netball New Zealand over Langman's signature, with the midcourter resigning with the Lightning for another year.

In a blow for Silver Ferns coach Janine Southby, Langman's decision means she will remain ineligible to play international netball for New Zealand and takes her out of contention for next year's Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Langman recently helped the Sunshine Coast Lightning to their maiden title in the inaugural Australian domestic competition.