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Dust settles after mad netball scamble

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The dust has finally settled after the most extensive movement of players in Australian netball history, with local stars joined by 15 imports from seven countries for the new 2017 national competition.

The 12-day contracting period and scramble for signatures by the eight teams ended on Friday.

Netball Australia signed off on the roster of Queensland Firebirds, the team which won the last two trans-Tasman titles.

Diamonds' mid-courter Kim Ravaillion was the only prominent player lost to another club (Collingwood), while defenders Laura Geitz (pregnant) and Clare McMeniman (retiring) were also unavailable.

Former Thunderbirds defender Kate Shimmin will fill one of the gaps.

West Coast Fever on Friday announced they had re-signed veteran Diamonds' shooter Natalie Medhurst to a multi-year deal.

Fever lost Diamonds Caitlin Bassett, April Brandley and Ash Brazill to new clubs but the hardest hit of the established teams were NSW Swifts.

The runners-up in the last two trans-Tasman competitions, Swifts lost six internationals, two to each of the three new clubs.

"It is going to be tough next year for them (Swifts) but give them a couple of years and they will be up near the top of the ladder," NA CEO Kate Palmer told AAP.

Of the new clubs, Collingwood signed six Australian representatives, Giants Netball three and Sunshine Coast Lightning two.

The Lightning, who appointed New Zealnder Noeline Taurua as head coach, recruited the most imports, with four players drawn from three nations including South African Karla Mostert.

"From what I've seen you'd put Firebirds, Vixens, Giants Lightning and Collingwood at the top," Palmer said.

"I'd say Fever and Thunderbirds remain to be seen but they've got a good foundation in place.

"We've got five really competitive teams and three probably just underdone but who knows?

"What we'd like to see over the coming years is some movement of players, some balancing out of teams."

Diamonds-studded Collingwood have been installed as an early favourite.

"The challenge for Collingwood is you can have a team of champions or a champion team," Palmer said.

"They are going to have to work very hard. There will be a lot of egos in the room and they are there for a whole year, so they are going to have to work hard to create the right environment for those athletes and make sure they keep them all happy."

Palmer said announcements about the competition's name and major partners would be made soon.

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