Netball: Mystics sign Saunders

The Mystics have signed Hayley Saunders for the upcoming ANZ Championship season after losing both Anna Harrison (pregnant) and Charlotte Kight (injury) recently. Photo / Getty Images.
The Mystics have signed Hayley Saunders for the upcoming ANZ Championship season after losing both Anna Harrison (pregnant) and Charlotte Kight (injury) recently. Photo / Getty Images.

The Mystics have signed Hayley Saunders for the upcoming ANZ Championship season after losing both Anna Harrison (pregnant) and Charlotte Kight (injury) recently.

Saunders, who plays at either centre or wing defence, previously played for the Southern Steel from 2010 to 2012 and will arrive in Auckland today.

The former New Zealand under-21 and Fastnet Ferns international had been in talks with the Canterbury Tactix about a potential move to Christchurch after finding no room in a congested Steel midcourt this season.

"Hayley trained with the team last week and her past experience and commitment really showed through,'' Mystics coach Ruth Aitken said. "We are delighted that Hayley has been able to make a lot of changes to her life in a very short space of time to enable her to move to Auckland and join the team.''

She was largely a bench player in her first two seasons with the Steel but played 11 games last season in the ANZ Championship.

The league tips off on March 24 when the Queensland Firebirds and Steel meet in Brisbane.

- APNZ

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