Lucy Austin continues to soar as a Thunderbird (Image: Elly McNerney)

South Australia product Lucy Austin will stay home with the Adelaide Thunderbirds.

Austin became a premiership player at 21-years-old, making a massive impact whenever she stepped out on court. Her first season in the league as a contracted player won her the league’s Rookie of the Year award.

Austin ended the 2023 season on the top of the world, having had an outstanding finals campaign. She was always reliable when coming off the bench, making an impact while being able to shoot from nearly anywhere.

She debuted in Round Six of the 2022 season and impressed quickly, while being a training partner at the time.

Austin has won just about every achievement in the book. Winning an Australian Netball Championships gold medal, being named the ANC Grand Final MVP as well as a two-time FAST5 title winner. She is also a South Australia premier league premiership player and nationals gold medallist.

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Thunderbirds High Performance Manager Pitre Bourdon said Austin’s contract extension was deserving after her breakout season.

“We were pleased with Lucy’s development in her first contracted season and she stepped up further in our finals matches,” Bourdon said.

“Her confidence grew week-on-week and it was great to see her deliver on the biggest national stage our sport has to offer.

“She’s a young and talented local and we look forward to seeing what we can achieve together for years to come.”

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