Mojo Pulse has confirmed former championship-winning midcourter Chelsea Pitman as a key signing for the 2016 ANZ Championship season.
Pitman was a member of the Mission Queensland Firebirds team that won the Championship in 2011 and was a key part of the team for a further two seasons, which included a narrow Grand Final defeat to the Adelaide Thunderbirds in 2013.
The 27 year-old has also played for the Mainland Tactix (2010), the West Coast Fever (2014) and this season took a break from the ANZ Championship to turn out for the Manchester Thunder in the UK Superleague.
Pitman was born in New South Wales and earned 15 Test Caps with the Australian Diamonds, including being a member of the World Cup-winning team in 2011. Pitman is a New Zealand passport holder and is looking forward to returning to the country to play the sport she loves.
“I cannot wait. I feel a big sense of 'home' when I am in New Zealand, because all my family, apart from my direct family, is in New Zealand,” she said.
Mojo Pulse Head Coach Tanya Dearns was keen to secure Pitman, given that she can play in the midcourt at wing attack and centre, as well as in the shooting circle at goal attack.
“My focus during the recruitment process for 2016 has been about finding a point of difference and securing Chelsea really enforces that,” acknowledged Dearns.
“She brings a world championship title, a wealth of international experience, having just finished playing in the UK Superleague, several years in the ANZ Championship and a level of intensity that will add huge value to what we want to achieve going forward.
Pitman joins Katrina Grant, Phoenix Karaka, Elias Shadrock and Whitney Souness as confirmed Mojo Pulse signings for 2016.