15/04/2024

Jhaniele Fowler is locked in at the Fever until 2023. (Photo: West Coast Fever/Twitter)

New West Coast Fever coach Dan Ryan believes that the world's best goal shooter can take her game to a whole new level in 2022.

It’s a scary thought for the rest of the competition that there is another level to the already unstoppable Jhaniele Fowler, but new coach Dan Ryan believes that the Fever goaler can take her game to another level.

Fowler was one of the first to be announced to be returning to the Fever for the 2022 season, and new Fever coach Dan Ryan is looking forward to working with the world’s best goal shooter.

“Really exciting and what a privilege to have the chance to work with someone of Jhaniele’s calibre,” Ryan said.

“She’s had some great seasons here at West Coast Fever and has played some of her best netball. I genuinely believe that there is another level in her.

“I think utilising her skill set in different ways and adding variety to her game, she can be absolutely unstoppable.

“It’s going to be great to work with her and keen to see what she’s like in the environment and how far we can stretch her.”

Prior to the signing season, that there were rumours swirling around the netball world that Fowler could relocate but to Jamaica to be with her daughter. It was her love for the club that made her stick around.

“I think she’s really invested in West Coast Fever more than anything else,” Ryan said.

“It’s a home away from home for her, and she’s had great success here. She’s really imbedded in the club and life in Perth.

“I think there is a number of factors for Jhaniele, but more than anything it’s about the club and she’s more than happy here.”

Jhaniele Fowler in full flight. (Photo: West Coast Fever/Twitter)

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Along with Fowler, the Fever have locked in Courtney Bruce and Verity Charles for the 2022 season, with the pair being involved in conversations with Ryan about his vision for the Fever.

Although the club isn’t expected to make massive changes to the team we saw out on court in 2021, the players are committed to seeing the Fever reach the ultimate success.

“There is a list management committee of about five of us that have the robust discussions so we’re all making decision together,” Ryan said.

“When you’ve got a club like West Coast Fever that has a team who have performed consistently well over the last couple of seasons, the players are really invested in the success of the team.

“I don’t think there was much fear of players packing up and moving elsewhere, we expect minimal change here because the players are really invested to play for this club and continue the journey.

“While it’s always a stressful period, we’ve had confidence that the players are committed to this club and that’s really important.”

One name that looks to be wearing the green dress in 2021 is former Firebird Rudi Ellis after it was confirmed she wasn’t offered a contract for the 2022 season.

“Rudi has left the Firebirds and she’s a talented young player and certainly someone that we’ve had discussions about,” Ryan said.

“[We’re] in no position to confirm that yet, but there are still some positions up for grabs in the line-up and some discussions still being had, so we’ll see how that all plays out. Confident that we can get it all finalised really soon.”

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