The JCU Townsville Fire has gone back to the future after unveiling Kelly Wilson as the club’s latest signing for the 2016/17 Wattle Valley WNBL season.
In a major coup, the Fire has re-signed the former Australian guard, who represented the club from 2005 to 2008, after spending the past eight seasons with Bendigo.
During that time, Wilson led the Spirit to three consecutive Grand Final appearances against the Fire including back-to-back championships in 2012/13 and 2013/14.
The Fire turned the tables on the Spirit in 2014/15 with their maiden WNBL title before defending their crown against Perth in March.
Having played more than 300 WNBL games, the 31-year-old said it was surreal to be returning to Townsville at this junction of her career.
“I’m really excited to play for the Fire once again,” Wilson said.
“I want to make a meaningful contribution to the team and do all that I can to deliver another championship.”
During her three seasons in Townsville, Wilson represented the Fire with distinction across 64 games before becoming one of the cornerstones of the Spirit’s program.
Having played alongside Wilson during her final season with the Fire, newly-appointed head coach Claudia Brassard said she was thrilled to have her back in North Queensland.
“It’s an exciting back court that we are putting together with Kelly partnering Micaela Cocks,” Brassard said.
“She’s one of the fittest players in the league, she’s extremely professional in her approach to the game and we think she’ll be a great asset to our squad.”
Wilson becomes the sixth player contracted to the Fire for 2016/17 alongside Suzy Batkovic, Darcee Garbin, Mia Murray, Kayla Standish and Cocks.
The Fire will make another exciting announcement on Sunday.