Broughton not done with Central Pulse just yet

HAMISH BIDWELL
Last updated 05:00 12/06/2014
Central Pulse coach Robyn Broughton
CONTRACT RENEWED: Robyn Broughton is returning for a fourth season with the Central Pulse in 2015.

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Robyn Broughton is in negotiations to return to the Central Pulse.

The former Silver Ferns assistant has had three trans-Tasman Netball League seasons at the Pulse, guiding them to seventh, fifth and sixth.

More was expected of them this year, but problems at their attacking end eventually scuppered any semifinal hopes.

Broughton returned to her home in Invercargill last week, having been based in Wellington since December.

"I'm certainly working through a few things from my point of view and the franchise's point of view," Broughton said.

"I wasn't going to commit again, but I am going to because of the players really. You become very close to the players - the ones that are there and the ones that will be coming in."

Netball's method of year-by-year contracting can make things unnecessarily complicated. Broughton's is the first signature the Pulse are seeking and then a roster will be assembled from there.

Broughton doesn't get involved in that process, instead submitting a wishlist to the franchise and leaving them to do the recruitment. Of this year's team, one player is expected to retire, but the bulk of the top lineup have indicated they want to return.

Irene van Dyk has already promised to be a different and better player in 2015, having announced her retirement from international netball last week.

"I'm really pleased for her. It was a big decision," said Broughton.

Midcourter Millie Lees didn't make New Zealand's Commonwealth Games squad, but is still in camp with the team, while defender Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit made herself unavailable. That left Katrina Grant, Joline Henry and Liana Leota as the only Pulse players to get the nod for Glasgow.

Meanwhile, businesswoman Norah Barlow has been appointed to the board of Netball Central Zone, which runs the Pulse. A former Wellingtonian of the Year (business), Barlow was made an officer of the NZ Order of Merit in the Queen's Birthday honours list.

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