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Da Silva returns as Hurd waves goodbye.

Nottingham Wildcats have announced the re-signing of forward Vanessa Da Silva for the 2017-18 WBBL season.

Having joined the Wildcats last season from London outfit Brixton Topcats, Da Silva has committed her future to the Nottingham club. She was an important part of the Wildcats’ success last term and is clearly looking forward to the challenge the new season will bring.

She stated: “I am very excited to have an opportunity to come back to Nottingham as a Wildcat this coming season. It’s always a privilege to be part of such a great basketball programme and family.

“I am looking forward to another positive season, to build, get better and grow as a team and as an individual player. I have set my goals for the season and I am very confident that they will all be accomplished.

“As a team, we have a lot of work to do, both together and individually. We were disappointed with last season’s performance, but that is in the past now and our focus is in the present and the future.

“I believe some changes will be made on our part to correct whatever went wrong, and turn things around for the better.

“To say that I am excited to have another season of being coached by Dave Greenaway is an understatement; I am definitely looking forward to it and reuniting with some of my old teammates.

“So, here is to another season of some great basketball and competition, memories and experiences,” concluded Da Silva.

Coach Greenaway was also in a positive mood about his retuning forward and added: “I am pleased to have Vanessa returning for her second season at the club. She’s had a summer playing with the Portuguese National Team and am hoping that the experience gained will have encouraged her to maximise her potential which would be beneficial to our team in the season to come”.

The Wildcats are close to finalising the return of more of last season’s British players, which club Chairperson Chris Prior feels will be a huge advantage for the forthcoming campaign.

He said: ” It is always our policy to supplement our nucleus of British players with imported talent, rather than the other way around. With so many returning for another season. it shows the commitment is worthwhile”.

However, one notable absentee will be former Wildcats’ Junior centre Jess Hurd, who’s season last term was cut short by injury. Hurd who returned to the Wildcats after a highly successful career at Franklyn Pierce University in New Hampshire, has decided to retire from top flight basketball whilst her body is still in one piece.

Prior, who coached Hurd as a junior at the Wildcats, added: “Jess has been a great servant to the Wildcats both as a Junior and Senior player and it is sad that an accumulation of injuries over the seasons has forced her into early retirement. She will be sorely missed.”

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