Foundation player Andrea Wilson will return to the Bendigo Bank Spirit forthe 2016-17 Women’sNational Basketball League season.
The 30-year-old is a key backup player for the Spirit and a fan favourite.
“I was excited to get the call and return for another year,” Wilson said.
“The club is building for the future and I am always proud to help it do that.
“I obviously enjoy contributing on game day, and I really love helping out the younger girlswith advice at training and as part of the team’s preparation.
“Simon (Pritchard), Walshy (Andrea Walsh) and David (Flint) are solely focused on the future of the team and the club, and Iam honoured they have chosen me to help them achieve that.”
Coach Simon Pritchard said Wilson was a key player in the team set-up.
“Spirit fans don’t really get the chance to see the enormous contribution Andrea makes to the squad,” Prichard said.
“Her work at training and off the court makes her an integral part of our setup and she has agreat understanding of what our team needs to do to prepare each week and provides theenvironment for us to meet scouting strategies throughout the season.
“You don’t play as many WNBL seasons as Andrea has without being a great player and agreat person. Andrea certainly is both.
“She is the quintessential team player, and they are welcome in our squad any day of theweek.”
Wilson’s re-signing is one of the final pieces of the Spirit puzzle for the 2016-17 season.
Frontcourt starsKelsey Griffin and Gabe Richards will again be the cornerstones of the Spirit squad.
WNBA guard Blake Dietrick and Canadian forward Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe are the Spirit’s two new imports.
They’ve also signed former Australian junior representative Nadeen Payne and former University of Hawaii guard Ashleigh Karaitiana.
Kerryn Harrington, Heather Oliver and Ashleigh Spencer are also back for another WNBL season with the Bendigo Spirit.
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