Jolene Henry shifts from Magic to Mystics

Last updated 08:03 20/08/2009

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Waikato/Bay of Plenty defender Joline Henry has joined the drift north, signing to play for the Northern Mystics in next year's trans-Tasman championship.

New Zealand's leading franchise in the ANZ Championship have now lost two Silver Ferns to the Mystics, with goal attack Maria Tutaia last week joining the Auckland-based outfit.

Magic co-captain Henry, 26, leaves under a cloud, with her manager hitting out how the franchise handles its contract negotiations, according to a report in the New Zealand Herald.

John Davey said Henry had wanted to remain loyal but it wasn't reciprocated by Magic management.

"I personally have been disillusioned with the negotiating process, I don't believe a lot of ethics have been shown," he said.

"The goalposts moved with what could be done for her here, so at the end of the day the call was made it was better to move on."

Sources said the Magic offered Henry a reduced contract for next season, having focused on retaining two other Silver Ferns - goal shoot Irene van Dyk and goal keep Casey Williams.

Mystics coach Te Aroha Keenan said she was delighted to have signed Henry.

"I think it took a lot for her to make that decision, so we're really pleased that that's the way it's gone for us," said Keenan.

"There are a lot of pluses that come with Joline, we get a really good player as well as someone who has held those leadership roles."

-NZPA

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