AFTER making her debut with the Queensland Firebirds in 2011, Bundaberg's Ameliaranne Wells will return to the team in 2012.
Wells has been included as one of the first six players named in the team for the new season, along with Laura Geitz, Jamaican superstar Romelda Aiken, Natalie Medhurst, Amy Steel and newcomer Jacinta Messer.
The 20-year-old shooter is keen to step up to the next level.
"Now that I know what to expect, I can prepare myself a lot better this time round," Wells said.
Her first year in the ANZ Championship was a magical experience, training with some of the best netballers in the world and being part of the squad which won the grand final in an undefeated season.
"I don't think I could have asked for a better first year experience," she said.
"All the girls along with the coaching staff really took me under their wing this year and taught me so much.
"I think the biggest thing that I have learnt is that there is no easy way - you have to do the hard work and the extra work and really be responsible for yourself."
Her place in a champion team has meant Wells has many role models to look up to and be inspired by, but she admits Firebirds captain Lauren Nourse is the one that stands out.
"She is always encouraging and puts things in perspective as she has a way with words," Wells said.
"Even her encouragement and involvement after she did her knee was amazing. But in saying that I could choose any one of the Firebirds to look to for inspiration."
Wells said there was no reason why the team cannot win a back-to-back premiership and she was looking forward to the new season.
"We know what we have to do and we will just have to work even harder because everyone will still be chasing us to knock us off," she said.
The full team of 12 will be officially announced next Wednesday.
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