Three-time NSW Swifts MVP Sam Wallace has re-signed with the club ahead of the 2024 SSN season.
After close to two seasons out with a cruel knee injury, the Trinidad and Tobago shooter is ready to make her SSN return after that injury in Round 1 2022.
Before her 2022 season was stopped in its tracks, Wallace notched up 77 games for the Swifts, which includes two Premierships, a Grand Final MVP award as well as numerous World Cups as well as a Commonwealth Games campaign for her country.
In her five seasons at NSW, Wallace has become one of the most entertaining and accurate attackers from range but particularly under the post.
Briony Akle, the head coach of the NSW Swifts spoke about the ‘heartache’ that Wallace has faced given her two seasons out with injury.
“Having had so much heartache over the past two seasons, I know it will be an extra-special moment when Sammy steps on court in front of our home fans for the first time,” Akle said.
“Knee injuries are complex, recoveries can fluctuate, and so much time is spent working hard by yourself to try and get back.
“Sammy has done a huge amount of work to get herself in this position, as have our amazing medical and conditioning team.
“I have always said: ‘she’s Sam Wallace!’
“You will try to move heaven and earth to keep her part of your team. She has a proven ability at this level and I think she can be the greatest goal shooter in our game again.
“That’s the challenge she’s relishing and we as a team can’t wait to support her.”
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Wallace said returning to the court would be as sweet as winning titles.
“I’m not gonna lie, there were times when I thought it may have been the end for me but so many people at the Swifts helped me through and I will be grateful to them forever,” Wallace said.
“Even though I wasn’t able to play over the past two seasons I always felt part of the Club, both on game day and in the community, and the medical staff who looked after me were so kind.
“Before getting injured, the last full game I played was the 2021 Grand Final win and that happy memory is a driving force for me.
“I know it won’t be easy because there are so many brilliant players that you come up against, but the basics of the game, and how to read it, have not changed. I want my smarts to help me while I get up to speed.
“I want to say how much I love my teammates, coaches, staff and fans of the Swifts and I cannot wait to hit the court.”