New mother Gretel Bueta will take a measured approach to her return with the Queensland Firebirds.
The Queensland Firebirds will take a “flexible” approach with new mother Gretel Bueta’s playing comeback.
Goal attack Bueta missed the Firebirds’ 2020 campaign due to her pregnancy.
Having given birth to baby Bobby last month, Bueta plans to be available for the entirety of the Firebirds’ 2021 Super Netball season, which starts in May.
However, a “one step at a time” return will be adopted.
“We’re going to be really flexible with her,” new Firebirds coach Megan Anderson said.
“I’ve said to her on numerous occasions that if you wake up and it’s a bad day, let us know and you can have the day off because anyone who’s a parent knows that things just go crazy sometimes and you don’t want to add any more stress to the situation than is necessary.
“We’ll just take it nice and easy, and I’m sure she’ll find her feet, and she’s got great family support and friends support to help her along the way.
“We’re hopeful that she might be back for the first round but there’s no pressure on that and we’re hoping to integrate everything so she can get back nice and safely, and enjoy motherhood as well at the same time.”
Bueta is happy with a “slow and steady” return to action.
“I wasn’t sure how I was going to go after Bobby and getting back into it but the club’s been absolutely amazing and so supportive,” the 27-year-old Diamonds representative said.
“I’m itching to bet back and train with the girls.
“I’ve got a really good team of medical experts that I’ve got around me that I tap into and they’ve got a plan for me.
“I just have to reach little milestones and check how I’m going, if I’m ticking things off.
“My body’s just been through a huge transformation and also given birth to my little boy … but I’m so happy to be back doing what I love.
“I love moving my body and staying active, and I love this team as well.”