The JCU Townsville Fire have re-signed former WNBA draftee Kayla Standish after a two-year absence from the club.
The 26-year-old, who played a key role in leading the Fire to successive Grand Finals in 2012/13 and 2013/14, spent last season playing for Adelaide, averaging 14.4 points and 5.5 rebounds as she ignited the Lighting as a mid-season recruit.
Looking to bolster the Fire’s front court alongside championship winner Darcee Garbin and four-time WNBL MVP Suzy Batkovic, newly-appointed head coach Claudia Brassard had no hesitation in signing Standish for a second stint.
“I’m thrilled to see Kayla return to our program,” Brassard said.
“Her ability to stretch defences and knock down the open shots when teams are focusing on Suzy inside will be invaluable to us.
“She also has the ability to create her own shot inside and competes hard on the glass
“I believe her transition back will be fairly seamless as she is familiar with the program, North Queensland and we already have a good relationship.”
Having claimed back-to-back titles with Mackay in the Queensland Basketball League, Standish is presently playing for Frankston in the SEABL competition, averaging 26.8 points and 9.8 rebounds for the Blues.
During her 54 games with the Fire, Standish climbed her way into the club’s top-10 in blocks, as well as proving a formidable threat on the offensive end.
Having put pen to paper, the power forward said she was looking forward to returning to North Queensland.
“I am looking forward to getting back to Townsville, which has become my home away from home the last few years,” Standish said.
“And obviously to play for a back-to-back championship winning team would be ideal for any athlete.
“Being in Townsville again will allow for my family to come watch some games this season.”
Standish joins championship heroes Micaela Cocks, Mia Murray, Batkovic and Garbin as signings for 2016/17.