Great Britain centre Azania Stewart will play her rookie professional season in Spain after she agreed a one-year contract with Deportivo Zamarat.
The 23-year-old Londoner, who has just spent four years at the University of Florida, will join the Liga Femenina side – also known as Caja Rural – after the Olympics, in time for the start of the 2012-13 campaign.
And she concedes that the early confirmation of her next stop, post-London, removes any unnecessary stress.
“It’s a great opportunity,” she said. “It’s my first job but obviously the Olympics is my focus right now. I’m glad they’ve signed me and it’s exciting to have that next step to go to after the Games.
“It’s good to have sorted things now. It reminds me of when I went from high school to college. Choosing an agent was like finding a school again. That was difficult but I’ve got a great agent. I signed with Florida early and it was great to get that out of the way and now signing with Zamarat is the same.
“I can relax and put my full attention into the Great Britain team.”
Zamarat finished nine in the LF last season but have ambitions to move up.
“Our new signing…will have a key role for the British team,” said the club in a statement.
“The Oranges have now secured the services of a second inside player for next season, after signing a new deal with Finnish player Taru Tuukkanen a few days ago.”
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