Sydney's netball future clearer as Swifts, Giants resign

Sydney netball is securing its future after Giants resigned Sam Poolman, Jamie-Lee Price and Kiera Austin, while NSW Swifts midcourter Paige Hadley recommitted to the side for two more years.

Goal keeper Poolman and midcourter Price have already proven what they offer Giants, with the latter earning a Diamonds call up this season.

Cross-town rivals: Jamie-Lee Price (left) and Paige Hadley will face off again in the Sydney derby.

Photo: Jessica Hromas

Giants coach Julie Fitzgerald acknowledged the bright future ahead of Austin, who was a surprise participant for three quarters of the preliminary final loss against Sunshine Coast Lightning.

"Kiera stepped up to the mark as an attacker and impressed greatly with how she held up under pressure in the Preliminary Final," Fitzgerald said.

"The talent, dedication and character of all three players are exactly what we want at the Club and we gladly welcome them back for the 2019 season."

At just 26-years-old, Hadley is one of the senior players at the Swifts - first appearing as a replacement player in 2012.

Hadley was excited to continue to play amongst a close-knit group, joining Maddy Proud, Maddy Turner, Sophie Garbin, Sarah Klau, Sam Wallace and Helen Housby - who have already committed to a future at Sydney Olympic Park.

“Being a NSW Swift is something very special to me. I love this group of players and I love this club, and when you’ve got something special, you want to hold onto it," Hadley said.

“I feel so lucky to be able to do what I love, which is play netball. Getting to step out on court in front of all our Swifts family, there’s just no better feeling in the world.”

Swifts coach Briony Akle was pleased to have re-signed Hadley and shared her enthusiam about keeping the group together.

“She’s one of the most hard-working athletes I’ve had the pleasure of coaching so it’s great to have her want to stay with this team. They’ve created a really special bond," Akle said.

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