West Aussie shooter Sophie Garbin is officially on the move in Super Netball, announcing she won’t return to premiers NSW Swifts for season 2022.
The 24-year-old Australian Diamond spent four seasons in Sydney, winning two premierships along the way.
But she’s been forced to bide her time on the Swifts bench as coach Briony Akle preferred England international Helen Housby at goal attack and Trinidad & Tobago representative Sam Wallace at goal shooter as her starting options.
Confirming Garbin had “decided to take-up a contract elsewhere” for next season, the former WA State representative was full of praise for her former club.
“The decision to leave has been one of the hardest I’ve ever had to make but I would like to thank everyone at the club, its supporters and Netball NSW for an amazing four years,” she said.
“A lot of players don’t get the chance to win a Premiership and I’ve been lucky enough to win two in my time at the Swifts. That wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my Swifts teammates, coaches, club staff and members and fans; all of whom I will be eternally thankful for.”
It is unlikely Garbin would return home to Perth, where sister Darcee plays for the Perth Lynx in the top women’s basketball competition.
The Fever are likely to retain the services of Jamaican superstar Jhaniele Fowler while 2021 recruit Sasha Glasgow is believed to be keen to stay on under new coach Dan Ryan.
Either the Adelaide Thunderbirds or Melbourne Vixens loom as the likely new homes for the current Diamond representative, with a wish to play at goal shooter, rather than goal attack, seemingly at the forefront of her decision to relocate.
Another West Aussie, and former West Coast Fever shooter, Kaylia Stanton was on Sunday told she would not be getting a new deal at the Vixens after just one season at the club.
The Super Netball player contract period kicked off today. All clubs will be required to have 10 signed athletes on their roster for the 2022 season by COB October 8.