Bassett driven out of Australia by Super Shot

Diamonds captain Caitlin Bassett has officially been driven out of Australia as a result of the Super Shot after confirming a move to New Zealand's domestic league for 2021.

Bassett announced on Thursday she would join the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic on a one-year deal for 2021 after opting out of her contract with the Giants in Super Netball.

Australia coach Stacey Marinkovich said the Diamonds were "disappointed" by the decision.

Caitlin Bassett has opted out of her contract with the Giants. Credit:James Alcock

Bassett will join the ANZ Premiership next season with the option of a second year at the Magic. She will head to New Zealand early next year.

The 32-year-old was recently named in the Diamonds' 2020-21 squad in preparation for the Constellation Cup, which has been delayed until early 2021. It is yet to be seen whether she will retain the captaincy.

“I’ve had great conversations with key people within the Diamonds programs and we all agree that court time is essential for my development,” Bassett said.

“My intention is to be a key part of our Birmingham Commonwealth Games team in 2022, and I’m looking forward to continuing to work with the squad while playing for the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic next year.

“I couldn’t be more excited to head to New Zealand and join the Magic. To experience the game in another country and play alongside, and against, some of the world’s best netballers is a really exciting challenge and valuable experience for me."

Bassett has been with the Giants for two seasons.

Giants head coach Julie Fitzgerald said she had "open and honest discussions" with Bassett before her decision to move across the Tasman.

"We both agree that the time is right for her to explore other opportunities," she said. "Caitlin has made an enormous contribution to netball in this country and I think she’ll thoroughly enjoy the environment of Magic and netball in New Zealand.

"We thank Caitlin for her contribution to growing Giants Netball and wish her all the best in the next chapter of her career.”

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