Champion defender Klau makes long-term Swifts commitment
Australian Diamonds defender Sarah Klau has re-signed with the NSW Swifts for another three years.
The World Cup winner is on track to join fellow Swifts Centurion and Premiership Champion Liz Ellis as the longest-serving goalkeeper in the history of the Foundation Club.
A former Club MVP, Klau has played three Grand Finals for the Swifts across 107 games, winning Premierships in 2019 and 2021.
This new contract will keep her in Sydney until at least the end of the 2026 Suncorp Super Netball season.
The 29-year-old won World Cup Gold with Australia in South Africa earlier this year, while she was part of the Diamonds’ Gold Medal team at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
“To see the growth of Sarah both as a player and person over the past seven years is one of the most satisfying parts of being a coach,” Swifts head coach Briony Akle said.
“Sarah always has had so much talent, but now she has the belief in her abilities and her world-class performances at SSN and international level are a testament to that. Defenders win games of netball, and the shooters decide by how much. You cannot win at this level without gaining turnover possession and Sarah is always providing us with bonus ball.”
“Not only that, she gives attackers so much to think about and in those vital moments at the top level she demonstrates her influence to turn games in our favour. To have Sarah locked in for three seasons is a real sign of her standing at the Club, and how important she is to where we want to go.”
Klau said she was delighted to have her playing future locked in.
“Sometimes I pinch myself when I think about how quickly the last seven years have gone by, but that’s a sign of how much I love it at the Swifts,” she said.
“The family culture of the Club and the environment that Briony’s created helps me develop my game daily and there is no better feeling than running out in Ken Rosewall Arena when it’s packed to the rafters. Since making the move to Sydney I’ve been honoured to win Premierships with the Swifts, and win World titles with my country and I don’t want that to end.”
“I feel what we have built here gives me the best chance to win as part as a collective, which is the best part of being an athlete.”