- Publish Date
- Sunday, 16 June 2019, 1:58PM
Kayla Cullen and Shaun Johnson are together again after the pair tackled long distance between Aotearoa and Sydney with Kayla Cullen making the permanent move to join her league-playing fiance Shaun Johnson in Sydney.
Cullen made several visits to help him settle into his new club at the Cronulla Sharks and, last week, Johnson came home to Auckland to see Cullen in her ANZ Championship final for the Northern Stars against Central Pulse.
He donned a purple Northern Stars' team dress and joined the "purple army" to cheer Cullen along from the stands.
"Didn't get the chocolates but so proud of this one and her team. Aus here we come," Johnson wrote on Instagram after the game, alongside a selfie of himself and Cullen.
Kayla has been hinting for the last few months at moving over, but it seems she has finally made the decision to head across the ditch.
Kayla took to Instagram to share the news that she was moving across the ditch, saying that she was excited for the move. "Going to miss my family and friends and leaving everything I’ve ever known but I can’t wait to see where this new adventure takes us" she said in the post.
Cullen might have moved to Sydney to be with Johnson, but she's popping back shortly — at the end of this month she will return home to join an All Stars team to play the Ferns before they depart.
Speculation is rife that she will follow in Johnson's footsteps and sign with an Aussie club to continue her sterling netball career. It has been reported she is keen to regain a spot in the Silver Ferns, despite not making next month's World Cup squad heading for Liverpool.
If Cullen does play in Australia, she can look to Laura Langman (Sunshine Coast Lightning) and Maria Folau (Adelaide Thunderbirds) who have been granted exceptions to play abroad and still wear the black dress.
This article was originally published at nzherald.co.nz and is reproduced here with permission
-Additional reporting by Flava