Stand by for the starting whistle. Player movement is set to take off in New Zealand netball circles.
A new collective agreement close to being finalised, and the scrap to retain and recruit players for the 2013 trans-Tasman season is under way.
Early indications suggest loyalty will take a backseat to personal ambition.
The Sunday Star-Times understands former Silver Fern Donna Wilkins has decided to play again next season, and is eyeing a shift from the Southern Steel to Central Pulse.
It is understood Wilkins has been in talks with the Pulse, but the franchise's recruitment manager is overseas, stalling proceedings for now.
The 34-year-old was a standout for the Steel this season, but has three young children and found the commuting to training a challenge.
The Pulse would be Wilkins' third franchise and she would be able to link with former mentor Robyn Broughton.
“I haven't gone through the final details. I know what I want to do but everything is a wee bit up in the air at the moment,” Wilkins told the Star-Times.
“There's a few people that are away. Just in case things don't eventuate I don't want to put them in the spotlight but there are a couple of options.
“I definitely want to play next year. Although I'm getting older I've still got a lot to offer.
“In this day and age you're starting to see some more player movement. In the past when it was just the New Zealand competition it was frowned upon. Now there's a lot of shifting in New Zealand and Australia.”
Elsewhere, it is understood the Mystics are in danger of losing midcourter Grace Rasmussen and promising defender Jes Moulds.
The Mystics' signing of star Australian wing defence Julie Corletto from the Vixens is another obstacle for the talented Rasmussen, who wants court time to push for a place in the Silver Ferns.
“Grace and I have had some discussions but I'm not in a position to talk about the content of those,” Mystics chief executive Julie Patterson said.
The earthquake situation means the Tactix once again have dispensation to bring in two imports, and there are strong indications those spots could be filled by the return of English shooter Jo Harten and experienced midcourter Jade Clarke, who was forced out of the Mystics.
Magic defender Sulu Tone-Fitzpatrick is also thought to be considering a move to the Steel.
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