Malawi’s only netball export Mwawi Kumwenda will face competition at her club Peninsula Waves following the arrival of Sarah Hogan.
Hogan is the club’s major signing since coach Claire Houben took over from Robin Pym at the end of the season.
Houben said Hogan would give them another option alongside Mwawi and Stacie Proctor.
“She is very quick on the court and very accurate in her goaling,” Houben told Melbourne publication, The Weekly “It gives us a bit more depth and having the tall timber there always helps,” she said.
Hogan joins Waves from fellow VNL mid-table North East Blaze, where she was a regular.
Waves are also set to give several youngsters an opportunity throughout the pre-season tournament which started on February 6.
They have lost two key players Kellie and Emma Sommerville, who left because of university and travel commitments.
Emma was Mwawi’s best friend during her two seasons at Waves.
Mwawi, who arrived on Monday, missed two weeks of pre-season training due to the delay in processing her visa.
“The pre-season has been going really well and I am happy with how the girls are committing themselves,” Houben told The Weekly.
She said she would not be making wholesale changes with the championship line-up after taking the reins from Pym.
“I think I will carry on from where Robin [Pym] left off because the team was so successful, but as I mentioned, we have lost the Sommerville girls, so there will be a few changes.”
Waves were just one win away from a grand final appearance last year and Mwawi was the team’s top goal shooter.