Diamonds captain Laura Geitz is remaining coy about her international future, but coach Lisa Alexander says she can see the 27-year-old combining motherhood and netball to contest a third World Cup in 2019.
Retirement speculation has surrounded Geitz since she led the Australian team to world titles glory in Sydney last month with a final win over New Zealand.
On Tuesday the Queensland Firebirds goalkeeper announced she has committed to next year’s trans-Tasman competition, when the franchise will attempt to win back-to-back ANZ Championship titles.
But speaking after the Diamonds’ victory ceremony in Sydney on Wednesday she was still non-committal about how long she intends to represent her country.
“It’s so hard to say,” said Geitz, who was also part of Australia’s 2011 World Cup-winning outfit in Singapore.
“I always say to myself that I’ll play while I’m performing and still enjoying it, and still feel like I’ve got something to offer both on and off the court.
“I think it’s impossible to know how long that will potentially be, and I’m really lucky to have achieved the things that I’ve been able to achieve.
“Anything now is a bonus so probably just taking it as it comes and not having too many plans set in my head.”
Geitz will almost certainly be named in Alexander’s Constellation Cup squad on Thursday, and the coach said she’d had a promising discussion with her star skipper about playing on even if she decides to start a family.
“I think she sees that it is possible for her to move through the next cycle,” Alexander said.
“She is only young, and I think out of anyone she could see that she may be able to combine motherhood and playing for her country.
“I’m definitely a coach that supports that – I had an elite career as a mother as well so I know you can combine both.
“It’s up to her whether she’s ready for that.”