Moving to the Southern Steel coincided with a rapid rise up the ranks for late blooming defender Jane Watson.
Growing up playing football, Watson was a late starter to netball but her lean and athletic frame have conspired to make her a quality in-circle defender.
A stellar season for the Steel in 2016 resulted in selection to the Silver Ferns squad which turned into a late injury replacement call-up for the Netball Quad Series. Watson grabbed the opportunity with both hands to deliver an impressive series of games over the 2016 international season.
A dynamic vertical leap, long reach, speed off the mark and ability to hunt for ball outside the circle make Watson a dangerous and effective defender who has the knack of creating turnover ball at key moments.
Watson was the 2017 ANZ Premiership Player of the Year.
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