Australian Diamonds captain Caitlin Bassett has been given an early release from her Giants’ Super Netball contract to move to New Zealand to play in its domestic competition next season.
Bassett had one year remaining on her Giants deal but decided to join Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic after enduring a frustrating Super Netball season in 2020.
The 32-year-old goal shooter was given limited time on court following the introduction of the two-point super shot and was often used off the bench in a campaign that saw the Giants finish sixth on the Super Netball standings.
The lack of court time had led to much speculation about Bassett’s future in Super Netball towards the end of the regular season.
« My time with the Giants didn’t play out as anticipated and I guess that’s just sport sometimes, » she said in a Giants statement.
« I am grateful for the opportunity that the club provided me and the friendships that I’ve made, but I need to make the right decision for what’s best for me and my netball career moving forward. »
« Caitlin and I had some open and honest discussions at the back half of the season and we both agree that the time is right for her to explore other opportunities, » she said.
New Diamonds coach Stacey Marinkovich said Bassett’s move would not affect her position in the national squad.
« Caitlin is a valued member of the Diamonds squad and we look forward to working with her and the rest of the group as we prepare for the resumption of international competition in 2021, » she said.
Bassett, who was recently named Diamonds captain for the Constellation Cup series against New Zealand in early 2021, has signed a one-year contract with the Magic.
She won back-to-back Super Netball championships with Sunshine Coast Lightning in 2017 and 2018 before joining the Giants.
Bassett made her international debut for the Diamonds in 2008 and was a member of the World Cup-winning squads in 2011 and 2015.
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