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Australian captain defects to New Zealand over Super Shot

“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.”

Bassett was given little court time in Australia’s domestic league this season as a result of the Super Shot. She is considered one of the best shooters in the world, but her main talent is her accuracy under the post rather than from the outer portion of the goal circle.

Caitlin Bassett has opted out of her contract with the Giants. 

Caitlin Bassett has opted out of her contract with the Giants. Credit:James Alcock

Bassett will join the ANZ Premiership next season with the option of a second year at the Magic. She will head to New Zealand early next year.

The 32-year-old was recently named in the Diamonds’ 2020-21 squad in preparation for the Constellation Cup, which has been delayed until early 2021. It is yet to be seen whether she will retain the captaincy.

“I’ve had great conversations with key people within the Diamonds programs and we all agree that court time is essential for my development,” Bassett said.

“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 while playing for the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic next year.

“I couldn’t be more excited to head to New Zealand and join the Magic. To experience the game in another country and play alongside, and against, some of the world’s best netballers is a really exciting challenge and valuable experience for me.”

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Bassett has been with the Giants for two seasons.

Giants head coach Julie Fitzgerald said she had “open and honest discussions” with Bassett before her decision to move across the Tasman.

“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.”

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