Sacha McDonald will go offshore to try and find consistent court time after signing for English professional outfit London Pulse.
The Edenhope export was part of the Melbourne Vixens squad that won the 2020 Super Netball premiership and leaves the club after two heavily COVID-disrupted seasons.
The 21-year-old joins fellow Vixens young gun Tayla Honey in making the move and will link up with former Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander, who signed on as the club's new performance director.
McDonald said she was excited by the opportunity.
"We've met the coaches and team on Zoom, and they are super welcoming, very warm, and have a big emphasis on building the culture and building the team," she told Netball Scoop.
A talented goalie or wing-attack, McDonald has found games hard to come by after the cancellation of the Australian Netball League and various setbacks in the Victoria Netball League.
She returned to former club North Ballarat for one game this Ballarat Football Netball League season.
"I haven't been consistently on court since playing for Vic Fury in 2019. So it's hard missing that on court experience and the confidence that brings," she said.
"The Vixens have played such a big role in our pathway, and I'm very grateful for what I've learned and what I will take over to London.
"However, there are so many talented athletes pushing to be training partners, part of VNL or ANL teams, and hoping to make the Vixens. I've been lucky playing for the Fury and some state teams, but there are such limited opportunities, and it's really important to start gaining some court time."
"We're excited to build while we are at Pulse, and have time to make a few mistakes in the first couple of games, because there is a full season to work up to our peak."
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