15/04/2024

Allie Smith is the newest addition to the NSW Swifts roster. (Photo: Twitter/Super Netball)

Allie Smith is on the move from Melbourne, with the NSW Swifts announcing she has signed a one-year contract with the club.

Allie Smith is on the move from Melbourne, as the NSW Swifts revealed the 21-year-old has signed a contract with the club for the 2022 Suncorp Super Netball season. For all the Suncorp Super Netball signing news, stay up to date with our Off-Season Hub and follow The Inner Sanctum’s netball podcast, Over a Third, on Twitter and Instagram to get the news when it breaks.

The defensive mid-courter said she was “thrilled” to sign with the Swifts on a one-year deal, having proven her worth to head coach Briony Akle in the two seasons she has played.

She won the Vixens’ Rookie of the Year award in 2020 and was part of their championship-winning team in 2021.

As a premiership player with the Vixens, Smith said she was keen to explore the new opportunity with the current reigning champions.

“Some of my teammates at the Vixens who also played for the Swifts, such as Kate Eddy and Caitlin Thwaites, always spoke glowingly of their time in Sydney and when the opportunity arose I was really keen to explore it,” she said.

“My conversations with Briony and Bec Bulley have made me even more excited about the move and hitting the training court for the first time with my new teammates.”

Smith was keen to add her skills to the Swifts lineup in their bid for a premiership in 2022.

“There is a lot of history, rivalry and respect between the Vixens and Swifts so I know the standards expected, but I am eager to prove myself in a new team and state,” she said.

“I know the Swifts are eager to go back-to-back and I’m ready to give it my all to help make that happen.”

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Her doggedness and determination is what drew Akle to the specialist wing defence, and she believes Smith will be a great fit for the group.

“It is very rare that you get the opportunity to sign a player who is not only so young, but who also has a proven ability at this level,” Akle said.

“She has a wonderful way of harrying opposition attacks and never gives up when chasing possession.”

She said she knew the young star could “hit the ground running” in the Swifts’ push for back-to-back premierships.

“Allie stood out for the Vixens in their Premiership campaign last year and backed up again in 2021 in a squad that was rebuilding.

“The Vixens are a champion outfit so Allie already knows what High-Performance sport is all about and I cannot wait to welcome her into the Swifts environment.”

Vixens performance and pathways general manager Rebekah Webster said Smith had been a valuable contributor to the team and was keen to see her grow.

“As someone who has progressed through the Victorian netball pathway, we look forward to seeing Allie do some great things in the next step of her netball career,” she said.

The 10th and final player on the Swifts’ roster for 2022 will be announced “in the coming days”.

The Swifts’ squad so far consists of Maddy Proud, Paige Hadley, Sarah Klau, Maddy Turner, Helen Housby, Sam Wallace, Tayla Fraser, Teigan O’Shannassy, and Allie Smith.

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