Rising netball star Isabelle Shearer will begin her Suncorp Super Netball (SSN) career with the Queensland Firebirds, after signing on with the club for the 2024 season.
The new signing follows the 20-year-old’s recent stint with the club as a training partner in 2023. She was named a training partner prior to the 2023 season, replacing current Sunshine Coast Lightning player Ash Ervin.
Shearer has been rising up the ranks since making the move to Brisbane to further her netball career. The Rockhampton talent had recently competed at the Australian Netball Championships in Morayfield back in August, as part of the Firebirds Future team.
Shearer also played in the Queenland 19 and Under team in 2022, as well as being selected to the Queensland Sapphires.
The 20-year-old took part of the Firebirds Futures programme that competed in the Australian National Championships (ANC). Shearer is flexible in the defensive end being able to be a playmaker in the circle.
Shearer says she’s ready to go and excited for her campaign with the players she has looked up to.
“I’m so excited to be given the opportunity to not only train beside, but now play alongside, women that I have idolised for so long,” Shearer said.
“I have been heavily involved in the Queensland pathways for much of my netball journey and am super grateful for what these programs have offered me.
“Looking forward to taking on this new level of netball, and can’t wait to learn and grow as much as I can throughout the year.”
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Head Coach Bec Bulley is excited to give Shearer an opportunity of a lifetime to build upon her netball.
“Isabelle is a homegrown product from a regional area of our state and it’s always exciting to offer an SSN contract to someone who has come through our pathways,” Bulley said.
“Since joining as a training partner Isabelle has shown an eagerness to improve her game and build her skills, she’s definitely earned this opportunity and I’m excited to see how she progresses over the next 12 months.”