Firebird's playing future still up in the air

Out a winner ... Laura Geitz raises the trophy last season with Romelda Aiken
Out a winner ... Laura Geitz raises the trophy last season with Romelda Aiken

LAURA Geitz is "constantly agonising'' over whether she will return to netball in 2018.

The former Firebirds and Australian captain is sitting out this year after becoming a mother in February to son Barney and her plans for the future remain up in the air.

The goalkeeper has ticked every box in a legendary career that has included three trans-Tasman titles, World Cup victories and Commonwealth Games gold.

Geitz's last match was the double overtime grand final win with the Firebirds in 2016 which followed the 2015 title with her beloved Queensland and the World Cup victory with Australia when she was Diamonds captain.


"I'm just taking bits and pieces from everyone that has retired or everyone that has an opinion. It is a decision that I am constantly agonising over because I genuinely just don't know,'' Geitz said on the Sports Sunday program.

"You run the risk of do you return as the player that you were?

"I don't think it's safe right now to be making a decision on sleep deprivation.''

With the 2018 Commonwealth Games looming large and the Diamonds being favourite for another gold medal as well as the prospect of helping the Firebirds return as a domestic powerhouse in the Suncorp Super Netball competition, the lures to return are significant for the 29-year-old.

She said memories of past glories made a comeback tempting - to an extent.

"I look at these sorts of things and nothing compares to those feelings, those emotions that you create with a great group of girls but at the same time, I'm so lucky that I've achieved a lot of things,'' Geitz said.

She said motherhood is "the best thing you can ever do'' and is revelling in her role as an ambassador for the "Team Girls'' initiative with Suncorp.

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