05/03/2024

New West Coast Fever player Kelsey Browne (Photo: Elly McNerney/2022)

In one of the best stories coming out of the SSN’s Signing Period, Kelsey Browne has signed a contract with the West Coast Fever for the 2024 Super Netball season after conceding publicly that she might not play on.

Browne took an indefinitely leave from netball following the dispersement of the Collingwood Magpies leaving her without a club. The retirement of Verity Charles left a spot of the Fever’s list, and they’re not losing anything with this signing.

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Browne has played 18 test for the Diamonds debuting in 2018 and went on to be a World Cup silver medallist.

Jumping back to the national league, Browne has played 104 games, debuting with the Melbourne Vixens in Round 17 of the 2015 season as an injury replacement player. The player she replaced was her sister Madi Browne.

Post-Vixens, Browne was a part of the inaugural Sunshine Coast Lightning side who won the maiden Super Netball premiership. They went on to win two consecutive titles. Dreaming of playing with her sister again, Browne signed with the Magpies for the 2019 season and beyond.

Unfortunately, she ruptured her ACL near the end of the 2019 season, but she struggled with it during the 2020 season. After rehab and a clean out, Browne returned to the big stage and played like her speedy and accurate self.

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Browne will fit seamlessly with the Fever, being used to feeding a tall shooter from her time with the Lightning and Magpies.

“I’ve seen the Green Army’s passion from the other side so cannot wait to be wearing Fever colours and have them right behind us,” Browne said.

“I’m ecstatic to be joining this list of incredibly talented athletes and I am grateful for an opportunity to play and learn in a new environment.”

Fever Head Coach Dan Ryan said signing a player up of Browne’s calibre will make an exceptional impact on the team.

“Kelsey is a seamless on court transition from Verity with a very similar playing style in the centre as well as offering a shorter, sharper style of wing attack,” Ryan said.

“Her inclusion allows us to maintain some of the key aspects of our high scoring, high tempo attacking game plan so she’s a great fit for the role and is really keen to challenge herself at centre.

“I can see her combining and complimenting Alice Teague-Neeld’s game in wing attack really nicely and her feeding prowess into Jhaniele Fowler will be a great weapon for us.

“She’s a world class player who is still very much at the top of her game and adds so much strength and depth to our midcourt. I think she’ll thrive in the Fever environment and with her experience, netball smarts and silky skills, she’ll will be an incredible asset for our team.”

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