Bailey announces retirement

Adelaide Thunderbirds shooter Karyn Bailey has announced her retirement from elite netball.

The 2014 Melbourne Vixens Premiership player made her decision based on the toll the sport has had on her body over the past 12 years.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank the Adelaide Thunderbirds and all of the other clubs with whom I’ve been involved throughout my career for the opportunities I have been given,” said Bailey.

“I will miss the club, my teammates and the game, but this is the best decision for me at this point.”

Head coach Dan Ryan thanked Bailey and the released players for their dedication, passion and hard work, both on and off the court.

“Whilst we are disappointed for Karyn, we understand and support her decision.

“Karyn has had a wonderful career, including a premiership in 2014 with the Vixens, and we appreciate her contribution to the club over the past 12 months.”

Ama Agbeze, Jade Clarke and Malysha Kelly will also not be returning to the Thuderbirds in 2018.

The Adelaide Thunderbirds will announce the final squad for the 2018 season early next week, with final lists due for submission on Monday July 10.

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