Annie Miller is one step closer to realising her netball dream.
The 19-year-old Life Studio product inked a deal to be part of the Giants' 21-woman practice squad during next year's Suncorp Super Netball season.
Miller spent 2020 with the Giants academy while playing on the weekends for the Manly-Warringah Sapphires but after putting together an undeniably good campaign, was called into the training squad for next year.
The wing attack relocated to Sydney with her family four years ago but prior to the move, was guided through her young netball career by Life Studio royalty Mardi Aplin.
Aplin, who's still at the helm for the Orange Netball Association contenders, was a key part of Miller's progression.
"I started playing division one for Life Studio when I was about 14 and I was very young to be in that team," Miller said.
"Mardi guided me through that whole thing and she was really good for me and my development. I was often travelling to Sydney for netball and basketball and she helped me a lot with that.
"She also does a lot for young, regional athletes and getting their names out there."
But, when Miller moved to Sydney, she had to be more responsible for for her development and after a few years of hard work, is overwhelmed at where she's at today.
"There's a lot of emotions for me right now," she said.
"I'm pretty happy but also nervous at the same time. I'm excited to get my foot in the door."
While it's normal to be stoked after the achievement, Miller's got her sights set on many more accomplishments on the netball stage as she looks to cement her spot on the under 21s World Youth Cup Squad which is taking place in Suva, Fiji in June 2021.
"That's what I'd like to do next year but beyond that, I'd love to play for the Giants in the future and then work my way into the Diamonds team."