New netball venture steps forward
21/12/2007 7:32 AM
Teams in next year's inaugural ANZ Championship can now take the next steps in player recruitment after a two-year announcement of contract and general guidelines.
Although discussions will take place throughout the Christmas period, franchises will formally begin contracting players on January 8.
The minimum guaranteed retainer for all players is $12,000 per year, with each team required to spend $300,000 in retainers across their 12 contracted squad members.
The agreed eligibility rule means each team may have one New Zealand citizen not eligible to play for the Silver Ferns. They, however, can make a further application for one exception to the rule or one import player.
Teams may begin pre-season training from January 15, three months before the competition kicks off in Wellington next April.
ANZ Championship general manager Tony Holding says the agreement reflects the semi-professional nature of the new venture and has a strong focus on player welfare.
New Zealand Netball Players' Association (NZNPA) and ANZ Championship announced on Thursday a two-year agreement for players participating in New Zealand teams in the ANZ Championship.
"This has been a robust process which has ended up being beneficial for the players, franchises and the ANZ Championship," Holding said.
"We are pleased to achieve yet another key milestone in the implementation of the new exciting competition and believe it takes some great steps forward."