JCU Townsville Fire forward Kayla Standish has conceded it is good to be ‘home’ after completing her first session in North Queensland since 2013/14.
Having played in back-to-back Grand Finals for the Fire, Standish returns to the Fire after a two-year hiatus and immediately felt comfortable in Townsville Stadium.
The former Gonzaga standout will suit up for the Fire against the Brydens Sydney Uni Flames on Saturday night when the WNBL foes clash in Mackay as part of their pre-season preparations.
“It’s good to be home,” Standish said.
“If anything Mackay is where I’ve spent the most time in Australia and I’m looking forward to playing on Saturday night in front of my family.
“It was an easy decision to make to come back to the Fire.”
Fresh off being named in the SEABL Team of the Year yesterday, Standish, who averaged 23.5 points and 8.7 rebounds, looked like she hadn’t missed a beat under the watchful eye of Claudia Brassard.
The 26-year-old will form a formidable one-two punch in the front court with four-time WNBL MVP Suzy Batkovic.
“I’m looking forward to playing with Suzy again,” Standish said.
“I learnt a lot playing with her in my last season. I guess I’m looking forward to playing in a team again that is so offensively dangerous.
“With people like Suzy, Micaela (Cocks) and Mia (Murray), we’ve got so many options that it won’t just be left to me to carry the scoring.”
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