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Aussie captain quits Aussie competition

Lack of game time has forced frustrated Australian Diamonds captain Caitlin Bassett to quit Super Netball to play in New Zealand in 2021. Benched by Giants coach Julie Fitzgerald for much of the 2o20 season, Bassett walked out with one year left on her contract and linked with the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic in…

Lack of game time has forced frustrated Australian Diamonds captain Caitlin Bassett to quit Super Netball to play in New Zealand in 2021.

Benched by Giants coach Julie Fitzgerald for much of the 2o20 season, Bassett walked out with one year left on her contract and linked with the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic in the Kiwi domestic competition.

Bassett said she was moving to New Zealand to get the court time she couldn’t get in Australia after discussion the issue with new Diamonds coach Stacey Marinkovich .

The 32-year-old shooter said her time at the Giants didn’t pan out “as anticipated” and while she felt undervalued, the parting of ways was amicable.

“It’s been a tough couple of weeks … sitting on the sidelines which is not the position I want to be in,” Bassett said.

“My goal was and has always been to play for Australia, and obviously do to that I need to be out on court.

“My time with the Giants didn’t play out as anticipated, and I guess that’s just sport sometimes.

“I want to do what’s best for me, and be happy day to day

“My intention is to be a key part of our Birmingham Commonwealth Games team in 2022, and I’m looking forward to continuing to work with the squad.

“I’m sad to say goodbye to the Giants, and I’d like to thank my teammates, the coaching staff, corporate partners and all of the fans for their continued support, and I wish them all of the best for next season.”

Giants coach Julie Fitzgerald said it was best for Bassett to “explore other opportunities”.

“Caitlin and I had some open and honest discussions at the back half of the season, and we both agree that the time is right for her to explore other opportunities,” she said.

“Caitlin has made an enormous contribution to netball in this country, and I think she’ll thoroughly enjoy the environment of Magic and netball in New Zealand. We thank Caitlin for her contribution to growing Giants Netball and wish her all the best in the next chapter of her career.”

Bassett was named in the 2020/2021 national squad by new Diamonds head coach Stacey Marinkovich last month and will remain part of the team.

“While we are disappointed that Caitlin has decided to leave our domestic competition, we acknowledge and value her contribution to the league over many years and respect her decision to move to the New Zealand competition,” Marinkovich said.

“Caitlin is a valued member of the Origin Diamonds squad, and we look forward to working with her and the rest of the group as we prepare for the resumption of international competition in 2021.”

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