Netball: Silver Ferns captain to be decided through player vote

After a tough 12 months, smiles and laughter are back on the faces of the Silver Ferns.

The national netball side are enjoying a fesh start under Noeline Taurua, who replaced Janine Southby as head coach last month.

Taurua has taken the unique approach of letting the players decide who their captain will be.

The team will be asked to vote on a 3-2-1 basis for their preferred skipper.

Taurua and Netball New Zealand chief executive Jennie Wyllie will also cast a vote. The captain will be unveiled on Thursday.

"So, as they say, the people will speak as to who they want in those leadership roles," Taurua said.

"That's what I want to encourage, that everybody has something to say.

"We don't want wallflowers, and everybody needs to contribute towards the overall strategy and the performance out on court."

Katrina Grant, who was captain during a disastrous Commonwealth Games campaign earlier this year, backed Taurua's democratic innovation.

"Whoever the team wants as captain is who it's going to be, and I think that's a great way to do it and it's fair," she told media.

Leading candidates include Grant, along with returning veterans Laura Langman and Casey Kopua, who will miss upcoming tournaments, as she recovers from injury.

The opening Quad Series tests on Saturday pit Australia against South Africa and New Zealand against England.