Jodi Brown to be let go by Southern Steel

Last updated 15:53 11/07/2014
Jodi Brown
ROBYN EDIE/Fairfax NZ
LOOKING FOR A TEAM: The Southern Steel have decided to part company with Jodi Brown.

Relevant offers

Netball

Waikato-BoP Magic march on but it's almost game over for Central Pulse Queensland Firebirds trounce Mainland Tactix in trans-Tasman netball league Defence will lead to attack for Central Pulse as they prepare to face Magic Magic need to find improvement ahead of playoffs NSW Swifts edge Melbourne Vixens to cement spot in trans-Tasman netball finals West Coast Fever bounce back to beat Adelaide Thunderbirds in thriller Steel nervous spectators as Pulse take on Magic Nothern Mystics hang on for trans-Tasman netball win over Southern Steel Wing defence Aisha Bower hoping for more court time after impressive Magic debut Liana Leota wants Central Pulse to play with courage against Magic in Hamilton

The Southern Steel won't be renewing shooter Jodi Brown's contract for 2015.

Brown departs the Steel after three seasons at the helm.

Steel chief executive Sue Clarke said the decision to not renew Brown's contract was a reflection of a new direction for the franchise.

"We need to have succession plans in place to ensure our franchise continues to thrive and that includes identifying opportunities for players to step up to the plate," she said.

"Jodi has been an integral member of our team who has made a significant contribution over the last three years. In sport, tough decisions must be made - and this was a difficult one. 

"After reviewing our strategic goals moving forward, we have identified the need to look further than just the next season. For us, that means investing in players who we believe will excel given the chance to take our franchise into the future.

"On behalf of everyone associated with the Steel, I wish to thank Jodi for her efforts over the past three years and wish her all the best for the future."

Brown said she was disappointed not to be returning for Steel but respected the franchise's decision.

"I still believe I have an incredible amount to offer netball but sometimes what you have to offer simply doesn't fit with the planned direction of the team, and that's just a reality of professional sport," she said.

Brown said she would take time to assess her options before making a decision on where her playing future lies.

"I'm a firm believer that everything will work out in the end and what will be will be. As you get older, you get a little bit wiser and can put everything into perspective," she said.

"My immediate focus is on the Commonwealth Games and making sure that is a successful campaign for New Zealand netball."

Ad Feedback

- The Southland Times

Special offers
Opinion poll

Who should play goal shoot for the Silver Ferns?

Bailey Mes

Catherine Latu

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content