Murray returns for title tilt

March 25, 2017 | Townsville Fire news
JCU Townsville Fire vice-captain Mia Murray will chase a third WNBL championship in North Queensland after agreeing to a new one-year deal. A cornerstone of the Fire’s back-to-back championships, the 2014/15 Rachael Sporn Medallist, who sits third on the club’s games record list, will extend her stay into a seventh season. “I’m excited to be back for another season with the JCU Townsville Fire,” Murray said. “We have worked so hard to create a successful culture up here and it's something that I love being a part of. “Having relinquished our title this season, the focus for 2017/18 will be on re-capturing the trophy and I'm sure that we will boast a squad that will be capable of doing that.” Murray joins championship-winning teammates Micaela Cocks and Darcee Garbin on the 2017/18 roster after enjoying a career-best year. The 28-year-old averaged 14.0 and 4.9 rebounds as she took her game to new heights, shouldering the scoring load alongside five-time WNBL MVP Suzy Batkovic. Head coach Claudia Brassard said she was delighted that Murray had extended her stay with the Fire. “Mia’s the quintessential professional and we love having her in our program,” Brassard said. “Not only is she one of the league’s best pure shooters, she’s a fantastic teammate and one of the hardest working players in the competition. “She enjoyed another great year and we look forward to her continuing her success with the Fire.” The Fire will continue contract talks ahead of free agency opening next Saturday.