Donna Wilkins quiet over chosen team

MARK GEENTY
Last updated 05:00 10/10/2012
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HEADING TO THE PULSE: Former Silver Ferns shooter Donna Wilkins.

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Donna Wilkins knows which trans-Tasman league franchise she wants to play for in 2013 and hopes to put pen to paper within the next week.

But she will neither confirm or deny that it's the Central Pulse she's narrowed it down to, as has been widely reported.

"I'm not ruling anything out. As an athlete you want everything to be a done deal before it's splashed across the papers," Wilkins said yesterday.

"Hopefully, it won't be too far away. I'm looking at contracts but it's a matter of getting a few things sorted."

The former Silver Ferns shooter and mother-of-three said she was exploring a couple of options.

Southern Steel coach Janine Southby confirmed yesterday that the Invercargill-based franchise, for whom she shot an impressive 90 per cent last season, wasn't one of them and she wished Wilkins all the best at her new base.

Wilkins said: "I know where I want to go, it's just a matter of working things out."

Securing more sponsorship and third party deals appears central to the Pulse's chances of finally securing Wilkins' signature.

She has close links with coach Robyn Broughton, her former Steel mentor who is assembling a powerful squad in Wellington.

No player signings have been announced by a tight-lipped Pulse, not even inspirational captain Katrina Grant, as the franchise grapples with the tighter regulations around the $380,000 salary cap.

Third party deals can be supplementary to that, but must be disclosed by the deadline for the naming of preliminary squads, which was extended to November 5.

Like everyone in netball circles, Wilkins will be relieved when the ink finally dries. "I'm hoping within the next week I'll be all sorted. When you've got three kids running around it's quite nice to have everything signed."

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