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Unsure future for Byfield

Published:Saturday | February 4, 2017 | 2:14 AMRobert Bailey
Althea Byfield

Jamaica's Sunshine Girls defender Althea Byfield said she is undecided about her future with the national team, this after she was overlooked for the team's last two international 'Test' series.

The 34-year-old netballer retired from international competition in 2011 after Jamaica's poor performance at World Championships in Singapore. However, the tough defender has continued to play in the leagues.

Byfield returned last year to captain the Sunshine Girls' team to the Fast5 World Series in England. But despite availability for the Sunshine Girls Test series against New Zealand and England, the defender was overlooked by the Sunshine Girls selectors.

The Sunshine Girls lost 3-0 to New Zealand but they bounced back to beat hosts England 2-1.

Byfield, one of the most outstanding defenders in this year's Berger Elite League, told The Gleaner that she is unsure if she will play for the Sunshine Girls again.

" I was available for the tour to New Zealand in September and I was available for the tour in England in November and unfortunately I was overlooked and so I am doubtful as it relates to going back to the national programme," said Byfield.

"I think I was overlooked because maybe because I am too old and they are focusing on youths, so it was their choice," Byfield said.

However, despite this, Byfield added that she still has what it takes to win a place on the Sunshine Girls as according to her 'she still has a lot of offer to the national programme.'

She added that she will now focus most of her attention on completing her degree at the University of Technology.