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Housby in Swift return

Helen Housby and Sam Wallace have confirmed they are returning to NSW Swifts for 2021.Trinidad & Tobago international Sam Wallace has recommitted to the NSW Swifts for the 2021 Suncorp Super Netball season.

The two-time club MVP and 2019 Grand Final best-on-court recipient will continue her potent attacking partnership with English Commonwealth Games champion Helen Housby, who enters the final season of her current three-year deal in 2021.

Wallace joined the Swifts in 2017 after making her elite netball debut in the English Super League and has become a fan favourite as well as one of the most proficient goal shooters in the world game.

Alongside her good friend Housby, she became a Swifts Premiership champion in 2019 and both players brought up their 50th games for the club during the 2020 Super Netball hub in Queensland.

Head Coach Briony Akle said having the key partnership of Wallace and Housby locked in for next season was vital for the club’s continued success.

“Since both players joined the Swifts in 2017 they have formed a formidable partnership in the attack end,” she said.

“Sam has been a rock for us in attack and she really showed what she can do in all areas of the attack circle with her long-range shooting this year.

“Her partnership with Helen is one of the best to watch in the game. While we didn’t get the finish to 2020 we were looking for, the connections we’ve formed over the past three seasons will only continue to strengthen.

“With six key partnerships in the all parts of the court announced for 2021 we are in a good position and looking forward to unveiling more of our roster in the very near future.”

The Swifts have also announced the signatures of defensive duo Sarah Klau and Maddy Turner and the midcourt pairing of Maddy Proud and Paige Hadley.

Due to the current Super Netball Collective Bargaining Agreement coming to an end in 2021, competition clubs are not permitted to sign players beyond next season.