17 Jun 2009

Silver Ferns veteran announces retirement

8:01 am on 17 June 2009

The New Zealand netball captain Julie Seymour's retiring from international play.

Seymour, who's 38, is pregnant and expecting her fourth child in January.

She's played 92 Tests since making her Silver Ferns debut in 1994, playing in three world championships and also the 1998 and 2002 Commonwealth Games.

While retiring from international netball, Seymour will continue to play for the Canterbury Tactix in the trans-Tasman competition, but says in all likelihood it will be her last season.

Seymour, who's also the assistant coach of the Tactix, says she'd like to make a career in coaching and ultimately coach the national side.

Ruth Aitken, the Silver Ferns coach, says Seymour's commitment and leadership on and off the court will be greatly missed.