ENGLAND Roses shooter George Fisher says she has always wanted to play netball in New Zealand.
Her dream came true when she was recently added to the Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel line-up for the 2021 ANZ Premiership season.
After making her debut as a teenager, the 21-year-old has 12 test caps for England and spent the past five years playing in the Vitality Netball Superleague with Wasps Netball and Saracens Mavericks.
At 1.88m tall, Fisher brings height to the Steel circle along with athleticism and long-range shooting ability.
Fisher said it was exciting to get the opportunity to bring her skills to the ANZ Premiership where she hopes to develop even further.
“Coming to play in New Zealand has always been something I wanted to do, so I feel really, really excited to have this opportunity.
“For me, it’s just a completely different style of play in this league.
“Kiwi girls are very clever with the way they move their bodies. They play with so much flair and excitement so I’m really looking forward to learning.”
While she did not know if she had a style just yet, she was open to anything.
“I hold a bit, I move a bit, I don’t really have a shooting range. I’m coming to New Zealand with an open mind.”
Head coach Reinga Bloxham said the addition of Fisher was a huge piece of the puzzle for a new-look Steel side next season.
“George is a tall girl and is really solid with what she’s doing.
“She’s safe with the ball in hand and has a beautiful shot so I think she’s going to add some real value to our side.”
One of the great things she had seen in Fisher was her ability to get the ball and turn and shoot from anywhere, she said.
“So that gives me great confidence that she’s going to have the ability to finish off all the hard work we are doing.”