Steel training partners smart one, hunter

Reinga Bloxham.
Reinga Bloxham.
An intelligent one and a hunter.

That is how Southern Steel coach Reinga Bloxham describes the team's training partners for next year's ANZ Premiership.

Dunedin shooter Kiana Pelasio and Winton defender Della-May McDermott will link with the side for the pre-season.

They will be looking to follow the last set of training partners - Georgia and Kate Heffernan and Taneisha Fifita - who have all gone on to be fully-contracted players.

''The biggest thing for me is building these training partners to be ready to take on the pressure and physicality of the ANZ Premiership,'' Bloxham said.

''It's great to have another two players from our zone be given the opportunity to step up and learn what a high-performance environment is like.''

Bloxham said the team was proud both were home-grown talents who had come through the Netball South system.

She was confident they were capable of shining at the sport's top level.

''Della-May has had an outstanding year and made some big gains.

''She was a standout player at the under-19 nationals and caught the eye of a few netball people.

''She hunts the ball nicely and backs herself to turn the ball over.

''She has a good work ethic and is prepared to work hard and make the most of this opportunity.

''She's young, exciting and her potential is untapped at this stage.'

Pelasio is ''a very smart player''.

''She shows a good understanding of the game, has great timing and can create space for others around her.

''She has a great attitude and will put in the hard yards to get the most out of this experience.''

The Steel regathers in November when the duo will join the team for the pre-season.

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