Natalie Haythornthwaite joins NSW Swifts for 2019

Natalie Haythornthwaite has committed to NSW Swifts for the 2019 Suncorp Super Netball season.

Haythornthwaite, 25, joined the club late in the season as a replacement player for the injured Claire O’Brien, a matter of days after winning the Vitality Netball Superleague with Wasps.

Alongside Swifts teammate Helen Housby, she was in the England Roses’ gold-medal winning squad at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Haythornthwaite, who moved to the Swifts as a specialist Wing Attack, made her debut in the red dress in Round 11 against West Coast Fever.

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Head Coach Briony Akle said she was thrilled to have secured Haythornthwaite’s services for what’s sure to be an exciting 2019 season.

She said: “We were obviously really sad to see Claire injured, but in the final rounds we were able to look to Nat.

“She jumped on a plane from England and was thrown into the Swifts environment only a few days after winning the Vitality Netball Superleague with Wasps and she did it so effortlessly.

“Her attack shows real precision and experience so it’s great to have that in the mix with the rest of the team.

“They can learn a lot from her and vice versa.

“The team have taken their skill-level to the next level this season and I can’t wait to see what they can do together next year.”

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