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'I definitely took it for granted' - Sulu Fitzpatrick on long absence from Silver Ferns

Pulse defender Sulu Fitzpatrick has been recalled to the Silver Ferns squad today after seven long years, with the defender saying she will make her second shot count.

The 26-year-old made her debut for the Silver Ferns in 2011 against England, but admitted she took her selection for granted.

"I think I was very blessed to get that opportunity so early, but I think myself mentally I wasn't quite there," said Fitzpatrick.

"So I definitely took it for granted and really didn't realise that the amount of support I had backing me to take that opportunity and wasted it."

She spoke to reporters today, saying she has gained a lot more experience since her debut.

"I feel old, I definitely feel a lot more settled," she said.

Silver Ferns' Sulu Fitzpatrick in action. New World Netball Series, New Zealand Silver Ferns v England at The Trusts Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. Monday 3rd October 2011. Photo: Anthony Au-Yeung / photosport.co.nz
Silver Ferns' Sulu Fitzpatrick in action against England. Source: Photosport

"As you get older you get a bit more perspective. But I think for me I needed time."

Silver Ferns coach Noeline Taurua said Fitzpatrick has a solid combination with Katrina Grant in the ANZ Premiership with the Pulse.

"The changes of Sulu Fitzpatrick provides us with another option in circle defence," said Taurua.

"Also she has the value of working closely with Katrina Grant at Pulse and that will be of value to us in the Silver Ferns."

The Silver Ferns' Constellation Cup opener is in at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre against the Australian Diamonds this Sunday.

The 26-year-old Pulse defender says she is not going to waste her second shot, after playing one Test in 2011. Source: 1 NEWS