Maddy Turner (left) will be a key part of the Swifts' defence in 2024 alongside Sarah Klau (right) (Photo: NSW Swifts)

Arguably the heart and soul of the NSW Swifts, star defender Maddy Turner will bring up her 10th season in red and blue after signing a three-year deal.

Committing to the club that she has now become synonymous with, Maddy Turner will be a Swift until the end of the 2026 season.

Having won two premierships (2019 and 2021) and notched up 118 games, she has been one of the consistent forces for the SSN powerhouse since 2016 when she made her debut.

In her time at the club, she has played in four SSN Grand Finals in 2016, 2017, 2021 and 2023, as well as four international test caps since making her Australian Diamonds debut in 2019.

Coming originally from South Australia, Turner has found a home in NSW. Having been an integral part of the group since 2016, and particularly since joining the leadership group in 2020, she had never considered offers from other clubs.

“I know it’s a cliché but the Swifts have been like a family to me,” Turner said.

“They gave me a shot back in 2016 and since then I feel like we’ve all grown collectively to bring the Club back to being consistent title challengers in Australian netball.

“This year’s defeat in the Grand Final shows you can never rest on your laurels, and I really want us to build on what we’ve already achieved under Briony and bring more titles back to NSW.

“From playing at smaller venues when I started to filling out Ken Rosewall Arena now, to see how we’ve grown as a team and a Club is really exciting and I want to continue being part of that.

“As a player I still want to push for international selection and the Swifts are the Club that enables me to put by best case forward.

“The level of competition in Suncorp Super Netball is going up year after year, and committing my future for the next three years allows me to plan ahead and be at my best for both the team and myself.”

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Briony Akle, the Swifts’ head coach gave some insight into what makes Turner one of the ‘most unsung heroes’.

“I think Maddy is one of the most unsung heroes of the Swifts because she is just so unassuming in how she goes about her business,” Akle said.

“Beneath her chilled exterior is one of the finest and most analytical netball minds I have ever come across, which constructively challenges us as coaches, and it is very important to have that kind of voice in the playing group.

“Few people are as consistently excellent week in and week out, and her combination with Sarah Klau has been the bedrock of our recent success because without turnovers you can’t win games.

“When Maddy speaks, everyone listens. As well as being a winner on court, she commands huge respect and knows how to read a game better than anyone I know. I am delighted that we have her in our camp for three more years.”

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