Central Pulse re-sign van Dyk and add a newcomer

Last updated 19:48 15/08/2014
Irene van Dyk
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STILL GOING STRONG: Pulse shooter Irene van Dyk.

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The Central Pulse have made two further player signings tonight, one of which will also generate considerable value off it.

Shooter Irene van Dyk has re-signed for another year, while former Northern Mystics defender Jessica Bourke was the other player to put pen to paper.

Bourke is the fourth defender signed by the trans-Tasman Netball League franchise and will be very much behind Katrina Grant, Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit and Ama Agbeze in the pecking order.

Van Dyk's return was always expected, but comes with an additional coaching and mentoring role within Central Zone Netball.

Despite retiring from the international game, van Dyk remains netball's most popular and recognised player and Pulse and Central Zone chief executive Carolyn Young said they wanted to make greater use of that.

Van Dyk's exact role is still be clarified but Young said the great goal shoot was looking forward to beginning a line of off-court work that would secure her future beyond playing.

The Pulse now have eight players on their books,for the 2015 season, ahead of the August 22 signing deadline.

An announcement about Liana Leota's return is expected within the next day or so, while negotiations continue with Joline Henry and Jodi Brown.

The pair are still travelling with their families following New Zealand's disappointing Commonwealth Games campaign.

The Pulse are also hopeful of signing an additional midcourter, to back up Leota and Elias Shadrock.

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