The West Coast Fever will be aiming to make their maiden finals appearance this year after luring Nat Medhurst and Chelsea Pitman their way.

Star international Natalie Medhurst has been named skipper of the West Coast Fever, with midcourt player Ashleigh Brazill announced as her deputy for the upcoming Trans-Tasman netball season.

Medhurst, who left the Queensland Firebirds to link with the Fever on a two-year deal, takes over the captaincy from Catherine Cox.

Cox, who was cut by the Fever at the end of last season, has since linked up with the Melbourne Vixens.

The Fever are hopeful of making their maiden finals appearance this year after luring internationals Medhurst and Chelsea Pitman from the Queensland Firebirds.

Pitman and Josie Janz round out the Fever’s new-look leadership group.

Medhurst, a key player for the Diamonds, said she was honoured to be named captain.

“I have been around a while now and I have developed both as a player and a person and my leadership skills have certainly grown with each season,” the 29-year-old said.

“I like to lead by example and I want everyone in the team to have a voice.

“Everyone should be heard and involved in this team on and off the court.

“There have been many inspiring captains and leaders along my netball journey so I have ideas about what I like and don’t like in a leader.

“But every captain has their own style and I want to make sure the players get the best out of themselves.”

Brazill felt the time was right for her to take on more responsibility.

“This team is like family to me and I really want to do everything I can to push these girls and reach our goals,” Brazill said.

“Like Nat, my leadership style is to lead by example.

“I’ve got to know some of these girls well over the past two years and I believe we can achieve a lot together.”