New Zealand netballer Kayla Johnson and rugby league star husband Shaun Johnson are having a baby

Kayla Johnson will miss out on the opportunity to defend the Suncorp netball title (Instagram: Kayla Johnson)
15:10pm, Wed 26 Feb 2020
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New Zealand and NSW Swifts netballer Kayla Johnson has announced she is pregnant. 

It will be the 27 year-old's first child with her husband, Silver Ferns rugby league star Shaun, who she married in December last year.

Kayla will miss out on playing for defending Suncorp Super League netball champions Swifts in 2020. 

The pair announced the news on social media, with Kayla saying: "Shaun and I are extremely excited to share that we are expecting a baby girl due August 2020.

"Although this puts netball in the backseat and unfortunately I won’t be suiting up in the red dress with the swifts girls for 2020, this isn’t the end of my netball journey and hopefully this soon to be whale will be back on that court in the near future."

The 47-capped player won a silver medal with her national side at the 2015 World Cup. 

Swifts head coach Briony Akle added: "First up, I would like to congratulate Kayla and Shaun on this joyous news, which is a real blessing.

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"Obviously I would have loved to see more of Kayla in the Swifts dress but if we were to lose her for any reason I’m glad it is this. 

"Kayla came in last year against the Fever in Perth and showed her class in what was a very important away win for us on our way to the title.

"I know she was very excited about testing herself further in the Super Netball environment, but sometimes life happens and now she is about to embark on a different, but very special, journey."

The side will reveal their replacement player in the near future.