Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Jamaica's senior netball team goal shooter, Jhaniele Fowler, said she has not given up hopes of playing in this year's ANZ Championships, which is set to begin on March 31.
The 22-year-old Fowler signed a two-year contract with the Aldelaide Thunderbirds last November, but is unable to take up the contract as fellow Jamaican Carla Williams-Borrego, who is the only imported player on the Thunderbirds roster, is yet to be granted her citizenship.
The Thunderbirds have until a week before their first game against the New South Wales Swifts on March 31 to confirm their 12-member squad after gaining an extension from the league's organisers.
However, Fowler told The Gleaner in an interview she is still keeping her fingers crossed and hoping that everything works out in her favour.
"I am really looking forward to having everything sorted out as quickly as possible because it is my dream to play netball professionally overseas," said Fowler.
"I am just hoping and praying that everything will work out in my favour pretty soon," Fowler emphasised.
Stephanie Greene, chief executive officer of South Australia, who are the owners of the Thunderbirds, said the club would be going all out to secure the relevant documents for Fowler to become eligible before the deadline.
"We have done everything possible to have Carla receive citizenship and now it is a waiting game," Greene was quoted as saying on the club's official website adelaidenow.com.au.
"The intention is to have Jhaniele a Thunderbird, whether it is this season or 2013," Greene added.
Fowler attracted the attention of the Thunderbirds during last year's World Netball Championships in Singapore when she replaced Romelda Aiken as goal shooter in Jamaica's starting line-up in the semi-finals of the championships.
Fowler, who stands at 6'5'', currently represents Waulgrovians in the Jamaica Netball Association/Berger Paints Super League and Jamaica National Building Society Open League competitions.