Well-travelled Wilson in Thunderbirds defence for two more years

Latanya Wilson returns to the Thunderbirds until 2023. (Photo: Adelaide Thunderbirds)

Young Adelaide Thunderbirds international Latanya Wilson has signed with the club for two more seasons. 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.

A versatile defender, Wilson played across goal keeper, goal defence and wing defence throughout the 2021 season.

She found minutes on the court in all but one game across the Thunderbirds 14 match campaign, including starting in wing defence in consecutive weeks in the wins over the Sunshine Coast Lightning and Melbourne Vixens.

Wilson replaced the now departed Shadine van der Merwe when she was rested with a leg injury, and ran with the additional minutes.

She played a key disrupting role on Vixens young gun Hannah Mundy, keeping her well below her usual output while having a gain and an intercept of her own.

In her limited court time across the year, Wilson had 17 deflections, nine intercepts and a rebound in a side that struggled to get results on the board.

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Adelaide Thunderbirds High Performance Manager, Pitre Bourdon said it will be exciting to watch Wilson continue to develop in the years to come.

“We know Latanya has an amazing x-factor about the way she plays and an innate ability to hunt down the ball,” Bourdon said.

“She showed great signs in 2021 and we know she’ll only continue to grow going forward.

“She fit in with the playing group incredibly well and will be an asset for our side in 2022 and 23.”

With van der Merwe’s departure and questions over Shamera Sterling’s return, Wilson now has a chance to lock down her spot in the Thunderbirds defensive end.

A well-travelled player at just 20, she’s already represented Jamaica internationally as well as VNSL side Celtic Dragons.

Wilson joins local talent Georgie Horjus, fellow defender Matilda Garrett, and mid-courter Maisie Nankivell in the Thunderbirds squad so far for 2022. Six spots still remain.

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Alex is a studying journalist from Melbourne with an obsession for all things Aussie rules, and a commitment to providing equal coverage and recognition to women's sport. A sport all-rounder, Alex reports on Aussie rules, football, basketball, netball, cricket and esports.

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