Australian Diamond and foundation Magpies Netball goal shooter, Caitlin Thwaites, is to depart Collingwood.
The decorated 31-year-old arrived at the Holden Centre at the end of 2016, joining the Pies in the freshly minted Suncorp Super Netball competition, and quickly became a central figure on and off the court.
Thwaites won the Magpies inaugural best and fairest award, played 29 games for the club, scored 1181 goals and celebrated her 200th national league game in round 14 against the Firebirds this year.
“Magpies Netball gave me so much to be grateful for,” said Thwaites
“To share in the creation of an entirely new team – and move home to Melbourne to do it – was an amazing opportunity that I will always be thankful for.
“It was a fascinating challenge to establish Magpies Netball and I am proud of what we achieved and of the foundations the next group of girls can build upon.
“I hope that I added to the team both on and off the court and I will cherish the memories I've made with the people here at Collingwood.
"To the Magpies supporters and community, I say thank you."
General Manager of Magpies Netball Jennifer McIntyre paid tribute to Thwaites’ role in bringing to life and shaping the Collingwood program.
“ ‘Caity’ is a giant of our sport,” said McIntyre
“She is one of only seven players to have played 200 or more games at the highest level and remains a formidable player. Her longevity is remarkable.
“She gave outstanding service to our team in its formative years, not least in the way she cared deeply about the welfare of her team-mates and colleagues.
“We were so fortunate to have ‘Caity’ share in our early history and we wish her nothing but the best.”