Robyn Broughton weighs future options

NATHAN BURDON
Last updated 05:00 19/07/2012
Robyn Broughton
ANREW GORRIE/Fairfax NZ
KEEPING BUSY: Central Pulse coach Robyn Broughton.

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Central Pulse coach Robyn Broughton will be back coaching her beloved Verdon College during tonight's Southland-wide league, but she's yet to make a decision on whether she will return to Wellington next season.

However, Broughton - who coached the previously hapless Pulse franchise to a record five wins and a seventh placing in her first season with the team - confirmed she would not be looking at any other opportunities within New Zealand.

Since the end of the ANZ Championship regular season, Broughton had been enjoying some time off in Wanaka and had been happy to let the dust settle on a season which has invigorated her as a coach.

Family and work commitments will dictate whether she seeks another term with the Pulse, but there's little doubt she has been re-energised by her five-month campaign in the capital.

"I haven't made up my mind what I'm going to do. I've got family to think about and other things to think about. I had a great season and I wouldn't go anywhere else."

Broughton said the vitality of the crowds in Wellington had been a pleasant surprise during the season and she had also been buoyed by the support she continued to receive from Southlanders.

The loss of wing attack Katarina Cooper to a serious knee injury in the final week of the regular season had been a blow, not only to the player herself, but the team as a whole, Broughton said.

Cooper had been one of Broughton's special projects and she had shown a lot of potential, but the initial prognosis on her knee, and her chances of being around for the start of next season, were less than positive, she said.

With only the grand final between the Melbourne Vixens and Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic on Sunday still to run before the 2012 season is signed off, talk inevitably swings to offseason player movements. Speculation has built that Broughton could restart her successful relationship with Steel shooter Donna Wilkins.

Broughton said she had yet to speak to Wilkins about her future plans, or put any thought into player recruitment for that matter, but she did not rule out having that conversation at a later date.

According to the statistics franchise coaches are provided with during the season, Wilkins was the ANZ Championship's leading goal attack, Broughton said.

Meanwhile, Broughton's next major coaching assignment will involve taking the Central Pulse team to Scotland for a tournament involving the West Coast Fever and some British club teams that is intended to build local enthusiasm for netball ahead of Glasgow hosting the world junior championships and the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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