Netball: Wilson unsure of return

Former Silver Ferns captain Adine Wilson is undecided whether she will return to the sport after giving birth to her first child earlier this year.

But if she does make a comeback it will be for the Steel.

"I'm still sitting on the fence," Wilson said, when asked if she was planning to don a netball bib anytime soon.

"But if I do play I'll definitely play for the Steel."

Wilson and her husband, dual international Jeff Wilson, had their first child, Harper William, by Caesarean section in Christchurch Women's Hospital in April.

"I've just started running again now. So we'll see how my body is feeling at the end of the month and we'll make a decision then."

Wilson only wanted to play for the Steel because of her loyalty to coach Robyn Broughton.

The pair established a winning combination together with the Sting - the Steel's predecessor.

"Broughton is the key for me. She is more than a coach. And it's the crowd and the whole environment. I loved being part of that Sting team."

Wilson has not played netball since the Silver Ferns were beaten by Australia 42-38 in the final of the world championships in Auckland and has no regrets if that was her last game.

"I don't feel like there is any unfinished business there. I feel like I can quite happily sit on the couch and watch them [the Silver Ferns] and cheer them along."

She has loved being at home with her son and not having to pack her bags to travel every other week to play netball.

The freedom to visit friends in the weekend was still quite novel.

The Steel has until October 1 to name an initial squad and franchise chief executive Julie Paterson was hopeful the bulk of the playing roster would be in place within the next two weeks.

Hearing Wilson talk about how exciting the ANZ Championship was and how disappointed she was the Steel could not quite claw its way into the play-offs, it would not be a surprise if her name is on the list when the Steel names that squad next month.

 

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