The Giants wasted no time in announcing that the bulk of their 2023 list has re-signed immediately after the Suncorp Super Netball’s Signing Period opened.
Australian Diamonds duo Jamie-Lee Price and Sophie Dwyer, English international Jo Harten, young trio Matisse Letherbarrow, Amy Sligar and Tilly McDonell and 2023 co-vice captain Maddie Hay, have all signed on with the Giants for the 2024 season.
Having put in solid performances for their country, Price and Dwyer have continued to thrive both in the international sphere and at SSN level.
Price was awarded the Player of the Match in two games out of the eight total in the Diamonds Netball World Cup winning campaign. She was also the centre in the 2023 Suncorp Super Netball Team of the Year.
Dwyer continues impress Australian selectors, backing up year-after-year at only 22-years-old.
After recently retiring from international netball, former English Rose Harten will be back at the Giants next year. Having a dreaded run with injury ahead of the 2023 season, Harten look to continue to spend the off-season working hard to continue her stellar SSN career, which includes four club champion awards.
Joining her in the shooting circle alongside Dwyer will be 21-year-old Letherbarrow, who has signed on for another two seasons. A trademark of Letherbarrow’s game is her long-range shooting, which has really emerged in front of the competition.
Another couple of young Giants, Sligar and McDonell have signed on, with the latter the only defensive member of the 2023 team electing to stay at the Giants.
Sligar will be in-line for the vacant wing defence bib with fan-favourite Amy Parmenter deciding to sign with another team this season.
Rounding out the signings is 2023 co-vice captain Maddie Hay, who will be at the Giants for two more seasons.
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“It is such a relief to have the negotiations sorted and to be able to well and truly turn our focus towards 2024,” Fitzgerald said.
“We’ve retained a core group of players which is a fantastic result given the amount of movement that has been predicted in this contracting period.
“We believe the consistency and stability in retaining such a core will build the foundations for what we want to achieve in both the immediate future but for the years to come.
“We won’t shy away from the fact that we were disappointed with our results in season 2023. We pride ourselves on being a successful club and we now get the opportunity to put in the work to turn things around in a bid to return to playing finals, a place where we believe we belong.
“I want to commend not only the players for their resilience over this challenging period leading up to the contracting window but also our members and fans for their patience.
“We look forward to announcing some new and exciting players over the coming days that we believe complement our existing and returning list.”