JCU Townsville Fire championship winner Darcee Garbin will return to North Queensland for the next two seasons.
Widely regarded as one of the nation’s most exciting young forwards, Garbin, who has already represented Australia at underage level, played a key role in the Fire’s title defence after being lured away from Perth.
During the 2015/16 season, Garbin averaged 5.2 points and 3.1 rebounds supporting Suzy Batkovic and Cayla George in the front court, but it was the 21-year-old’s work on the offensive glass and hustle at both ends of the floor that meant the Fire had no hesitation in offering her a multi-year deal.
“Darcee has been the consummate professional since arriving at the club,” Fire General Manager Richard Goodbody said.
“She is an extremely talented player – that’s not in question – but she has a great attitude and we still believe there is an enormous upside to her game.
“We have no doubt that she will play a key role in our quest for a three-peat.”
After commencing her WNBL career at the AIS, Garbin spent three seasons playing for the West Coast Waves before arriving in Townsville.
Having won nine more games for the Fire in 2015/16 than the past four seasons combined, Garbin said she was delighted to be returning to the two-time reigning champions.
“I wanted to re-sign because I loved my time in Townsville last season,” Garbin said.
“I learnt so much on the court. Winning the championship was such a great experience and I would love to try and do that again with the Fire.”
Garbin has returned to Western Australia for the off-season and will attempt to secure a three-peat with the Rockingham Flames.