01/03/2024

Maddy Proud (second left) (Photo: NSW Swifts)

NSW Swifts co-captain Maddy Proud will continue to wear the red and blue after signing on for another three years, this deal will surely see her become a Swifts centurion.

After being signed by the Swifts back in 2017, Proud has been a big leader in the team. Her career highlights include her being part of the premiership wins in 2019 and 2021.

Starting at the Adelaide Thunderbirds where she played 44 games, the versatile and agile midcourter spoke about there being ‘no other place’ she’d rather play than the Swifts.

“Since moving to Sydney in 2017 I have loved every moment of my time with the Swifts and there is no other place I’d rather play,” Proud said.

“While I made my debut for Adelaide, I have spent most of my formative years at the Swifts and I feel this is where I’ve been able to take my game to the next level.

“I believe success brings hunger for more and I think that’s a key factor in what drives us to succeed. Sometimes you look back on disappointments like this year’s Grand Final defeat and think ‘what could I have done different?’

“The hurt of just falling short in the decider is one of the big drivers that motivates me, because I want to take stock, re-evaluate and taste that Premiership feeling with the Swifts again.

“We’ve grown so much together and I don’t want us to be like The Beatles or One Direction and break up too early!”

If Proud were to become a Swift Centurion, she would be joining the likes of current teammates Paige Hadley, Maddy Turner and Sarah Klau as well as netball legends Cath Cox and Liz Ellis.

She said this played some part in the decision to continue at the Swifts.

“As a Foundation Club the Swifts have been pioneers for not just netball, but women in sport for almost 30 years and reaching that milestone for a Club as respected and storied would mean the world to me.”

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Her head coach Briony Akle was elated to sign such a ‘brilliant athlete’.

“Maddy is not just a brilliant athlete, she is one of the top ambassadors for our sport and you cannot underestimate what that does for us on and off the court,” she said.

“There are few players as brave as Maddy and her vision and work rate are next level. There is a reason she has so many Game MVP awards to her name because she leads from the front.

“She is also a general who listens and possesses a great feel for a game and what to do under pressure. That’s key for a Club looking to achieve a sustained level of excellence.”

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