Goal shoot Thwaites joins Swifts

Australian Diamonds shooter Caitlin Thwaites has joined the NSW Swifts for next year's trans-Tasman netball league

Unwanted Central Pulse goal shoot Caitlin Thwaites will play her netball for NSW Swifts in next year's trans-Tasman netball league.

Thwaites, a Pulse regular for the past three seasons, missed out on a contract when Magic shooter Irene van Dyk signed with the Wellington-based franchise last month.

The Swifts finished a disappointing eighth on the championship ladder last season, managing just four wins and heading only Canterbury Tactix and Northern Mystics.

Coach Lisa Beehag has been replaced by the league's first male coach, Rob Wright, who said Thwaites' signing added depth and experience to the Swifts line-up.

"We will now be able to mix up our attacking and defensive options to change our playing style to keep ahead of the game, which is incredibly exciting," he said.

At 26 years old, Thwaites has already amassed 79 trans-Tasman league caps and scored over 2000 goals during her spells with Melbourne Vixens (2008-10) and Central Pulse (2011-13).

The Australian Diamonds shooter joins Swifts defenders April Letton and Sonia Mkoloma, who confirmed their re-signing with the Swifts on Wednesday.

Carla Dziwoki, Kimberlee Green, Paige Hadley, Susan Pratley have also extended their contracts at the Swifts, where they will be joined by former Thunderbirds defender Sharni Layton.

Source: AAP

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