Sunshine Coast Lightning has announced Maddie Hinchliffe will not be part of its contracted 10 for Season 2023.

Maddie was originally named a Training Partner for the 2022 season, but was elevated on a Replacement Player contract in lieu of Karla Pretorius who was expecting her first child.

After managing a foot injury last year, and primarily recruited as a wing defence, Maddie stepped up to play an impressive number of minutes during the 2023 season, mostly in centre.

Head Coach Kylee Byrne spoke highly of Maddie and thanked her for her contribution in 2022.

“To be elevated from a Training Partner position and end up starting the majority of matches and building that genuine second position is impressive, but it is the way Maddie went about it that will stay with me.”

“Great things happen to great people, especially those that put in the hard work, and we wish her nothing but success in the future. We genuinely thank her for everything she has given the Club in the past few years. Maddie will always be part of the Lightning family.”

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