THE NSW Swifts have pulled off a major recruiting coup, signing one of the world’s best midcourters in New Zealand star Laura Langman for the 2016 ANZ Championship season.
Langman will move to Australia and join the Swifts as their import player after a stellar career at Kia Magic, where she was part of their 2012 title-winning team, and two seasons with the SKYCITY Mystics.
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She’s played more than 100 Tests for New Zealand and come off the Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 where she was part of the Silver Ferns silver medal side.
The 29-year-old is the most capped player in the ANZ Championship, having made 120 appearances, and Swifts coach Rob Wright is thrilled to have completed his 2016 roster with one of the competition’s best talents.
“As far as import signings go, they don’t get much more significant than Laura Langman,” Wright declared.
“Laura is the complete netball package. Not only is she a supreme athlete who excels at all three midcourt positions, she has a winners’ mentality, is globally respected and a true leader of people.”
Her decision to join the Swifts makes Langman the highest-profile Silver Fern to ever play for an Australian team in the ANZ Championship and she is excited by the new challenge.
“I’m so excited to be joining the NSW Swifts, a Club I’ve long admired both on and off court,” Langman said.
“I want to keep challenging myself and my netball, and I see this move as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The Swifts played inspired netball in getting to the Grand Final last season and are determined to go one better, something I can’t wait to be a part of.”
Langman will replace Jade Clarke as the Swifts import player next season and Wright thanked the England’s midcourter for her contribution to their 2015 campaign.
“Jade is a true professional and a quality person, who has endeared herself to everyone she came into contact with,” Wright said.
The Swifts’ 2016 roster is: Kaitlyn Bryce, Kimberlee Green, Paige Hadley, Laura Langman, Sharni Layton, Abbey McCulloch, Lauren Moore, Susan Pettitt, Amy Sommerville, Caitlin Thwaites, Maddy Turner, Stephanie Wood.