Paige Hadley extends her time at NSW Swifts as part of eight-player resigning

Staying on: Paige Hadley was the NSW Swifts vice-captain in the 2017 Super Netball season. Picture: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

Staying on: Paige Hadley was the NSW Swifts vice-captain in the 2017 Super Netball season. Picture: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

Paige Hadley is one of eight players who have re-signed with the NSW Swifts.

The St Clair resident has been with the team since 2012, when she played for the Swifts as an injury replacement player.

At 24, Hadley is a relative veteran for the team that has an average age of 22 and played for Australia in the Quad Series earlier this year. 

Swifts coach Rob Wright said it was great to re-sign so many returning players.

“We knew that 2017 would be a challenging year for us with such a young and inexperienced squad, but they even exceed my expectations by showing they could compete with some of the world’s best netballers, proving we have a great future ahead,” he said.

“We have a long-term vision for this club and these players are vital to that.”

The Swifts announced the signing of defenders Sarah Klau and Maddy Turner, midcourters Claire O’Brien and Maddy Proud and prolific goal shooter Sam Wallace as well as Hadley.

They join captain Abbey McCulloch and English international Helen Housby, who will return for the second season of their two-year deals.

It was a tough season for the Swifts, registering just three wins in the first season of the Super Netball competition.

But with such a young side, Wright said the Swifts would be better for the run.

“Having learned so much in the first year of Suncorp Super Netball, I am really excited to see what we can achieve in 2018 having had a season under our belts,” he said.

Led by McCulloch with Hadley as the side’s vice-captain, Wright said the pair had let the team well.

“I think Abbey has been a wonderful leader for this young group of players this season and really been able to guide them through some tough learnings,” he said.

“Paige was also key to that leadership and was a wonderful vice-captain, showing she is not just a world-class player on court, but a fine leader off it too.”

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