JCU Townsville Fire vice-captain Mia Murray has exercised her option and will return for a sixth season with the reigning Wattle Valley WNBL champions.
The dual championship winner, who is the fourth most capped player in club history, triggered the extension at the weekend to join skipper Suzy Batkovic in the quest for a three-peat.
The 2014/15 Rachael Sporn Medallist said she had no hesitation in returning for another season with the Fire.
“It was a pretty easy decision to re-sign in the wash-up,” Murray said.
“Townsville is home to me these days, and after enjoying the success that we have had over the past five seasons, I didn’t need any convincing to return for another season.
“The club has been extremely supportive of me over the past five seasons and the lure of a three-peat is pretty enticing.”
During another stellar season for the Fire, Murray averaged 9.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists – all above her career averages – and reinforced her reputation as one of the WNBL’s star play-off performers.
The 27-year-old drained 24 points against SEQ in the cut-throat preliminary final before adding 16 in the championship decider at Townsville RSL Stadium.
“Mia is a class act,” Fire General Manager Richard Goodbody said.
“She is a tremendous influence on our group, and as the stakes rise, she seems to rise with them.
“We’re delighted to secure her for another season and we hope that she’ll spend the rest of her career here.”
The Fire will make further announcements to their playing list in the coming weeks.