Netball: Silver Ferns defender linked to Southern Steel

Silver ferns defender Sheryl Scanlan could be heading to Invercargill to play next year.

The Northern Mystics player, who has made more than 50 appearances for her country, has been linked to a move to the Southern Steel.

The Otago Daily Times could not contact Scanlan for comment yesterday, but with Steel wing defence Debbie White signing for the Mystics, Scanlan's move south would make sense.

Steel chief executive Julie Paterson said yesterday she hoped to make an announcement regarding the squad within the next week.

"Until we get pen on paper I don't like to discuss contracts at all," she said.

"I'm really happy about the way things are shaping up and am fairly sure if we can get the players we need then we'll be looking good for next season."

Paterson would not rule out dual netball and basketball international Donna Wilkins making a comeback as a player.

That move seems unlikely.

Wilkins is expecting a baby later this year and decided not to continue in her role as Steel assistant coach.

Applications for the position close on Friday.

Paterson said she was pleased with the quality of applications but declined further comment.

Silver Ferns shooter Daneka Wipiiti has confirmed she is returning to play for the Steel, and former Silver Ferns captain Adine Wilson has said she will not consider playing for anyone but the Steel but has put off making a decision until the end of the month.

Veteran defender Megan Hutton is reportedly considering retirement.

The 32-year-old declined to comment yesterday.


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