Australian captain Bassett weighs up seeking release from Giants

Caitlin Bassett is currently in contract negotiations with the Giants after a horror Super Netball season for the Australian captain.

Bassett is contracted with the club until 2021, but is now exploring alternative career moves after receiving little to no court time throughout the entire 2020 season.

Despite being the Diamonds captain, Bassett has only taken the court once across the Giant’s last four games. Credit:James Alcock

Bassett could also elect to move to a rival Super Netball club, with the shooting duo of Kiera Austin and Jo Harten the preferred option of Giants coach Julie Fitzgerald.

The fifth-placed Giants have just one game left of the season but were knocked out of finals contention on Saturday with a loss to the West Coast Fever.

The Giants made the finals in 2017 but have since seen a slow decline in form, finishing in fifth spot last year.

The decision not to use Bassett had netball fans across Australia raising their eyebrows from week one of the 2020 season. The Giants stuck with the call to prioritise the super shot throughout the entire season despite little success.

The club has sunk the most super shots across the competition at 105, but with just 56 per cent accuracy.

With just one game left, Bassett is still yet to sink a single super shot.

Former Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander said mid-season that she was concerned the super shot was hurting Bassett's confidence.

"This is a great mental challenge for her and she knows that and she is trying very hard to embrace that challenge for herself," Alexander said. "I'm trying to assist her as much as I can from the outside."

Alexander also said Fitzgerald's decision to play Bassett from the bench could affect the Diamonds' dominance in the sport.

"There are many areas she very much has a positive impact to play within her team. The data tells us that the Giants are winning when CBass is on the court," she said.

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