White Fern Satterthwaite turns down contract

Leading White Ferns player Amy Satterthwaite from Canterbury has turned down the offer of a semi-professional contract with New Zealand Cricket this year but may re-consider in the future.

Satterthwaite, 26, who has been on the team since 2007 and has over 50 one-day caps, was one of the first players offered NZC's new contracts which have been accepted by captain Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine, Sian Ruck and Sara McGlashan.

Satterthwaite, who works fulltime as an office manager at a veterinary practice, said she weighed up the offer carefully before declining.

''I definitely deliberated back and forth. It's a great new initiative and I gave it some serious thought before I decided it wasn't for me at this time. That's not to say I would not look at it again in future, if I was offered.''

''It's great for the girls that have been contracted and being able to coach, train and play.''

It is understood another senior player, Nicola Browne, also decided against accepting.

The contracts are a part of deal between NZC and the New Zealand Cricket Players Association (NZCPA), allowing the players to focus on playing and training as professionals. Each contracted player will work with a major association to benefit grassroots women's cricket by increasing awareness of the game at school and club leves, helping with female coaching development and recruitment and mentoring upcoming representative players.

Bates will work with Otago, Devine and Ruck at Wellington, and McGlashan in Auckland. 

Satterthwaite has no intention of reducing her commitment to the game and is preparing for monthly training camps during winter ahead of the White Ferns next tour to West Indies in October.

She said the off-season was going to be a good time for players to work on refining their games with no mid-year tour.

''It is really great to have a new strong team in women's world cricket. Usually when we have a tour it is to England or Australia and occasionally India but going to the West Indies will be something different."

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