Frederickton’s Kim Commane is set to embark on a journey of a lifetime as she has put pen to paper on a one-year deal with Team Bath in the Vitality Netball Superleague in the United Kingdom.
The 30-year-old’s career was in limbo heading into the end of the recent season but she was put back on professional club’s radars after her star performance for the Melbourne Vixens in the Suncorp Super Netball competition.
Commane received a call up for the final game of season and netted 31 goals from 33 attempts and it wasn’t long before the goal shooter received interest from teams across the world.
Three teams from the UK contacted Commane via Instagram and Team Bath were the lucky ones to tie down Commane’s services for 2019.
“Team Bath have communicated very well with me and we were going through discussions and negations for a while,” Commane told the Argus.
“I didn’t think an opportunity like this would ever present itself and my husband Jarrett and I are very excited.
“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to grow as a netball player but it will also be a great life experience.”
Commane is looking forward to meeting her new teammates, especially England international Serena Guthrie, who was crowned MVP for the Giants Netball in the 2017 season.
“I was so excited when I found out she was going to be on the team,” Commane said.
“She’s a great player and she makes the players around her better and I will grow and learn a lot from her.”
While the Australian competition has a reputation as being the best in the world, Commane claims the UK league is barely a step down.
“It’s a very fierce competition with a lot of international and other talented players,” Commane said.
The Macleay Valley Netball Association junior will arrive midway through Team Bath’s pre-season motivated to push for a starting position.
“I am going to head there with the mindset that I am at the bottom and need to work my way up,” she said.
“I don’t have any expectations going in though, I haven’t played with any of the players in Team Bath before and there’s a lot that I need to adjust to so hopefully I can develop my combinations quickly and things will pan out.”
Despite the season coming to an end more than a month ago, Commane has been participating in intense training.
“I have still been doing two sessions a day, maintaining fitness and looking after my body,” Commane said.
The Vitality Netball Superleague season commences in February.
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