Harten feels lucky despite netball cut

Netball star Jo Harten still feels fortunate despite experiencing a savage pay cut.

Giants shooter and England stalwart Harten opted to stay in Australia despite the postponement of the Super Netball season start from May 2 until at least June 30 due to the coronavirus crisis.

As the Giants delegate to the Australian Netball Players Association, Harten was privy to the negotiations that resulted in a 70 per cent wage reduction for Super Netball players.

One of the world's elite with over 100 England caps to her name since 2007, 31-year-old Harten says she only has to reflect on how far the game has come during her career to still count herself lucky.

"It's actually incredible, I've been thinking about it a lot lately after taking our 70 per cent cut and feeling a bit sore with things like that," Harten told AAP.

"But then I look back and think we've come a long way. We are getting paid a proper salary, a proper wage, people are moving around the world to play netball.

"So we still do have to count ourselves very, very lucky and fortunate to be in the position we are in from when I first started back in England playing in university sports halls with 100 or 200 people (watching).

"To think that now I am part of a team and a setup that has such a wide reach in the community, but also has a home venue of a 10,000-seat stadium (Ken Rosewall Arena) in an iconic location such as Sydney Olympic Park.

"I have to pinch myself, it's like it's crazy. So I am definitely feeling very, very fortunate still, even in these really uncertain times."

Harten said it was a relatively easy decision to stay in Australia, rather than return to England, as she was about to start her fourth season with the Giants and views Sydney as her base these days.

However. she worries for those back in England where many more have been infected and died from coronavirus than in Australia.

"I know in England through speaking to my family it's a scary time over there," she said.

"They have many, many thousands of people who are critically ill and they have lost many, many lives as well.

"It's scary to think that that my family are based over there and if something did happen I couldn't just fly and go and visit them.

"Things like that do play on your mind but you just have to keep the positivity at times like these."

The enforced layoff and a decision to take a break from the England program has whetted her appetite to return to netball.

The break, following a hectic 24-month schedule of club and international netball, has given her time to reflect on the possibility of playing on to the 2022 Commonwealth Games and 2023 World Cup.

"I'm definitely feeling like my body is in the position to be able to push for another Comm Games and potentially a World Cup," she said.

"I think there's some unfinished business at the World Cup tournament, (with England) having never reached a final there."