TOWNSVILLE Fire wasted little time locking in the club’s future with exciting point guard Steph Reid signed to the club on a two-year deal.
The Melbourne-born guard was one of the first players locked in when the WNBL free agency opened at midday on Wednesday.
Reid was a key part last season of Shannon Seebohm’s successful Fire side, which clawed its way to the WNBL grand final against Southside Flyers.
“I think she showcased her abilities last season — she knew her role and executed her role brilliantly for Shannon,” Fire general manager Sam Pascoe said.
“She became a crowd favourite rather quickly last season and we are really excited to have her back. She has taken on the role as our school ambassador and having her here all year and in the community, we couldn’t ask for a better role model in the community.
“I think that having Shannon as her coach all year round, there is a reason he was coach of the year and I believe, like every player that comes into our system, he brings out the best in all of our players.
“She is a player we can see being at the club long term.”
Reid was not the only big signing on the opening day of free agency with the Fire also offering club legend Mia Murray another one-year deal.
Murray made her successful return to the basketball court last season after spending two years away for the birth of her son Sidney.
The three-time WNBL champion with the Fire made her 300th appearance in the national competition last season, and at 32, she isn’t slowing down.
“I don’t see why she can’t keep going,” Pascoe said. “She hasn’t stopped since the season finished, she has continued training with Shannon.
“She is extremely important to our club and our culture, she has been with the club for so long. She understands what being c o m m u n i t y – o w n e d means and she plays a massive role off the court as well as on it.”
The Fire is already in negotiations with several other key players as Seebohm aims to build a squad that can contest for the title again next season.
Reid and Murray join current Fire signings Zitina Aokuso and Courtney Woods for the 21/22 roster.
Written by: Matthew Elkerton, Townsville Bulletin
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