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Bassett confirms return to Australia as retirement call looms

Australian goal shooter and former Diamonds captain Caitlin Bassett has confirmed she will not return to the ANZ Premiership in 2022, with a decision on her future expected in the coming weeks.

In 2020, Bassett was granted an early release from her Super Netball club the Giants after getting little to no court time throughout the season.

She signed a one-year deal with Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic to play in New Zealand’s domestic league, the ANZ Premiership. After a rough year across the Tasman, Bassett has since confirmed she will not be returning to New Zealand next year.

Despite a 92 per cent shooting accuracy from Bassett, the Magic only managed to win one of their 15 games and finished in last place.

“What a whirlwind this season has been,” Bassett posted on Instagram this week. “I have absolutely LOVED my time across the ditch and am sad to announce I have decided not to head back next season.

“Playing netball in New Zealand has been one of the best experiences of my career. The culture at Magic was awesome and although we didn’t get the results we wanted, playing each week with the girls made my heart so happy.”

Caitlin Bassett will not return to New Zealand in 2022.

Caitlin Bassett will not return to New Zealand in 2022. Credit:Getty Images

The 33-year-old also struggled with a knee injury throughout the 2021 season, but was still able to retain her place in the Australian national team for their upcoming series against the Silver Ferns in the Constellation Cup in October.

Bassett was the Diamonds captain for the first game of the 2020 Constellation Cup but was later replaced by Liz Watson, who maintained the captaincy for the final three games of the series.

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