Tasmanian Magpies could well influence the strategic game plans of State League sides whose star players are a part of the state's ANL squad.
In what is set to be a first since Netball Tasmania had re-entered the 2017 national second-tier competition, the State League will commence its season two months ahead of that of the ANL this year.
The change allows five of the Tasmanian-based ANL players including Cavaliers pair Shelby Miller and Zoe Claridge to play a number of State League matches first in the lead-up to the ANL roster.
Tasmanian Magpies coach Jon Fletcher wants to trial members of his squad over different positions and roles, and will be in regular contact with State League coaches to achieve the best results.
"There will be a few of the girls that will be hoping to get a bit of a run with their State League clubs and to run in a couple of different positions as well and maybe try some new spots," he said.
"So we'll be working with all the State League coaches to give a bit more flexibility to the Magpies squad. We'll be working around those six or seven State League games."
The ANL season now has a delayed start to coincide with the Super Netball season on the first weekend of May.
It will give Fletcher a good look and the Magpies squad time to build up their form after preseason training only started on February 1.
But Fletcher, who returns to the job since taking on the inaugural outfit three years ago, insists the move will not be a takeover of the selection policy of the state's clubs.
"It's not so much telling them, but really working to get the players ready for ANL the best we can," he said.
"We want to work around if there's an opportunity to try a few new things.
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"But we are very conscious to that they players have to play a very specific role for their clubs sometimes too.
"We just can't come in and demand that they do this.
"It is a matter of working together the best we can."
Fletcher intends to make contact next week with all of the coaches that are set to be "looking after our players".
Since his appointment in November, the Hobart-based Fletcher has been working with Tasmanian players only.
But the coaching staff have scheduled two-day camps in both February and March for the Victorian players to join their teammates in the state.
Fletcher also holds conference calls with Collingwood Super Netball coaches Rob Wright and Kate Upton.
"It is still quite unique because we are the only one set up like that," Fletcher said.
"But this time three years ago, we still wouldn't have had our squads selected where we had that done by November with the coaches."
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