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Grant and Karaka sticking with Pulse

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 2/09/2016

Silver Ferns defensive pairing Katrina Grant and Phoenix Karaka are staying with the Central Pulse for next year's national league.

Grant, who was recently elevated to the Silver Ferns captaincy, has been a regular with the Pulse since 2010 while Karaka made the move to the Capital this year after three seasons with the Southern Steel.

Offering complimentary skill sets, the defensive pair are key signings for the Pulse, who finished last in the Trans-Tasman league this year.

With more than 100 ANZ Championship matches under her belt and 81 Test caps, the experienced Grant, 29, will be joined again by athletic 22-year-old Karaka.

"I've spent a large chunk of my career here now and I'm excited by the concept of the new league, building a great team environment and getting another opportunity to create a strong defensive partnership with Phoenix," Grant said.

"We didn't reach our best this year but I'm excited about our potential as a combination and am looking forward to growing that."

The Pulse now have eight confirmed signings for 2017 - Grant, Karaka, Sheridan Bignall, Karin Burger, Ameliaranne Ekenasio, Claire Kersten, Whitney Souness and Cathrine Tuivaiti.

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