The Tactix have secured the signature of Southern Steel defender Jane Watson for the 2018 ANZ Premiership season.

Watson, who was born in Christchurch but has played for the Steel since 2015, said it was a tough decision to leave.

"It was an incredibly tough decision because I've just loved every minute down here.

"However, this is bigger than netball - it's the right decision for me personally."

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Tactix head coach Marianne Delany-Hoshek said they were delighted to have Watson back in red and black next season.

"We are delighted to have Jane come home to the Mainland to play her netball. Jane will add to the performance and cultural changes we have already implemented and brings an expectation of success both on and off the court."