“Versatility, athleticism” the key says Stewart

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With five players currently signed ahead of the 2017/18 WNBL season, the Perth Lynx are looking to fill the roster with versatility, athleticism and defensive intensity.

Sami Whitcomb and Toni Farnworth will return to the team for the new look WNBL season, and will be joined by recent additions Alice Kunek, Kayla Standish and Olivia Thompson.

With three domestic players still to come, along with two imports, Lynx head coach Andy Stewart has outlined his team’s plans for the season, and is pursuing athletic players who will be able to deliver in an up-tempo system.

“We want to play fast, we want to defend hard and be able to press the length of the court.”

“Alice Kunek allows us real flexibility, Olivia Thompson is a long, athletic player, and Kayla Standish is incredibly versatile and mobile.”

The 2015/16 WNBL Coach of the Year also highlighted the importance of having multiple options to initiate the offense, with several players able to serve as the primary ball-handler.

“I want the ability for us to take the rebound, put the ball on the deck and go.”

Travelling to the eastern states in the coming weeks, Stewart is set to work through a shortlist of players to fill the three remaining unrestricted roster spots, and says that the club is currently zeroing in on “a pair of high caliber imports”.

While on the road, he will also be running a mini-camp with the newest Lynx signings, giving the group an early start to their pre-season preparations.

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