Star defender Sharni Layton announces her departure from the Adelaide Thunderbirds
The Adelaide Thunderbirds has witnessed the departure of another of its key players, this time star defender Sharni Layton.
After four seasons with the Thunderbirds, the 25-year-old made the decision to not re-sign with the club.
However, the decision did not come easy, with Layton saying it was one of the hardest decisions she has ever had to make.
“This was an extremely difficult decision. I am so grateful for everything that Adelaide has given me, as a club and a city,” Layton said.
“I am grateful for the opportunities the Thunderbirds gave me to be the player that I am today, yet unfortunately as netball is still not a professional sport I have decided to move on to pursue greater opportunities outside of netball whilst still continuing my netball career.”
Named this season’s Best Young Player, Layton is the second player to leave the Thunderbirds nest, after the departure of Captain Natalie von Bertouch.
Whilst making the announcement, Netball SA CEO Ben Scales also paid tribute to Layton’s playing career, and her contribution to the Thunderbirds.
“Sharni has been an important member of the team for four years and leaves the club as a dual premiership player who was a fierce competitor and always gave it her all,” Scales said.
“Everyone at the Adelaide Thunderbirds wishes Sharni all the best for the future.”
Written by Airlie Rehmann