Auckland based franchise Stars have made a full squad announcement, with consistency in the attacking end and bolstering the defensive end with two familiar names.
Holly fowler and Kayla Johnson (nee Cullen) will both don the purple dress after years away from the side.
Fowler went down with an ACL injury in August 2020 but has come back in fighting spirit, taking the court for the WBOP Magic last season.
Fans will be welcoming Kayla Johnson back to New Zealand and awaiting to see her trademark closing speed and tenacity.
Coach of the Silver Ferns Noeline Taurua has had an eye on Kayla Johnson during her two years in Australia. Johnson has also been forthcoming in expressing her interest to make it back into the national team ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The first team to name a player this contracting period, Southern Steel have taken their time to name the rest of their squad.
A steady midcourt lead by captain Shannon Saunders will return for next year.
Kate Heffernan will be wanting to build on a stellar season in 2021 and will be joined in the team by twin sister Georgia, who has come back quickly a her knee injury.
The Steel impressed in 2021 on the back of a strong team culture with new combinations gelling quickly and individual players going from strength-to-strength.
Can the Southern team go one better next season and make the Grand Final?
With spots filling fast (1 in Magic and 2 in Pulse) who will be the next player to sign?
Te Huinga Selby Rickitt
+ Kate Burley (from Mystics)
+ Saviour Tui (from Mystics)
+ Georgia Heffernan (back from injury)
+ Amelia Walmesley
+ Temalisi Fakahokotau
Claire O’Brien (elevated from training partner)
Phoenix Karaka (back from having a baby)
Michaela Sokolich-Beatson (back from injury)
+ Monica Falkner
+ Ameliaranne Ekenasio
+ Claire Kersten
+ Bailey Mes
+ Oceane Maihi
+ Kayla Johnson (née Cullen)
+ Holly Fowler (from Magic)
Te Paea Selby-Rickit
+ Kelera Nawai-Caucau
Categories: ANZ Premiership