The NSW Swifts have signed Sarah Klau and Maddy Turner to two year contracts, setting up their defensive end for the future. 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 South Australian duo and current Diamonds formed one of the most formidable defensive circles for 2021, keeping teams to the second-fewest goals across the season. With the addition of Bec Bulley to the coaching staff, the duo stepped up to another level as they shut down opposing attacks.
Klau, who has been with the Swifts since 2017 has played 75 games for the club, was thrilled to be signing on for a further two years.
“I have loved playing for the Swifts since joining back in 2017 so I’m stoked to be on board for another two years,” the keeper explained.
“It’s not just what we’ve been able to achieve on the court, but the way we connect off it which makes it a special club to play for,” she said.
Klau’s success in 2021 resulted in her winning the 2021 Coaches Award for the Swifts, but Klau says that it is still the start for her.
“Winning another Premiership this year was amazing but now we’re excited to go back and defend our title on our home court.
“Sydney has been good to me since I moved there and I want to help continue our success and add to the legacy of the Swifts,” Klau said.
Klau moved across from South Australia in 2017, joining childhood teammate Maddy Turner, who had made the move to the Swifts the year before.
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In Turner’s 87 games for the Swifts, she has won two premierships, including the Grand Final MVP in 2021 for her performance shutting down Sohpie Dwyer.
“What I love most about the Swifts is the culture and the inclusiveness both on and off the court,” the specialist goal defence explained.
“I made the move as a rookie but the club has been like a second family since then and helped make Sydney a home away from home for me.”
Klau was not alone in bringing home a team award for 2021, with Turner being named Player’s Player to go with her Grand Final MVP.
Turner and Klau’s partnership has translated from South Australia to the Swifts, and Turner explained that it was a factor in the decision.
“Getting to play with Sarah for another two years really excites me too. I think she is the best goal keeper in the world and she’s also one of my best friends so to play alongside her is a pretty cool job to have,” the Grand Final MVP said.
“Winning titles only makes you hungrier for more and while we’ll have some changes in our team next year, we are ready to build on what we’ve achieved already.”
The Swifts duo are in Diamonds camp at the moment ahead of the series against the English Roses. They join co-captains Paige Hadley and Maddy Proud in re-signing with the Swifts until the end of 2023.
The NSW Swifts are expected to announce more signings in coming days.
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