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Sharni Layton ready for a career in AFLW

One of Australia’s most decorated netballers is trading the wooden boards of the court for the green grass of the footy field.

Former Aussie Diamonds captain Sharni Layton says the decision to sign with Collingwood for season 2019 was made after she retired from professional netball.

“Last year I knew my netball journey was coming to an end. I really wanted to make sure that was over before looking forward,” Layton told Macquarie Sports Radio‘s Cam Reddin.

Layton is a two-time World Championship winner with the Diamonds. She is also a Commonwealth Games Gold medalist, a dual-premiership player and former Australian skipper.

Layton is already in training ahead of the official pre-season beginning in November. While she admits there is much learning ahead of her, having not played Aussie Rules since high school, she is determined to transfer her abilities on the court to the football field.

“I’ve been stuck in a 10-metre box for a majority of my life, so at the moment I’m really working on changing that fitness to more aerobic,” Layton said.

“My expectations are the exact same as everyone else. I don’t have high expectations, but what I do know is that I’m going to give it my all, I’m going to go hard and soak up everything I can learn from the girls that have already been playing,” she said.

In terms of what position she will play, Layton admits it is “a bit of a fantasy” to play forward, having been a defender throughout her netball career.

“I’m just happy to fit in wherever the team needs me,” she said.

“It’s a great new challenge and a new chapter for me, which is what I’m looking forward to the most”.

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