More fuel to the Flames with another big signing
AFTER a disappointing WNBL campaign during the 2022/23 season, the Sydney Flames appear intent on returning as contenders, and added another impressive signing during the 2023 free agency period.
Having added Tess Madgen over the past few weeks, the Flames have acquired another superstar, announcing the signing of Lauren Nicholson in another massive coup.
Nicholson has long been one of the best guards in Australia, and still seems to have plenty in the tank at 30 years of age.
She has previously spent time with the Flames earlier in the 2010’s, and she impressed during her three-year stint with the team. She headed overseas to spend time playing at the highest level in the United States.
Upon returning to Australia, Nicholson has been one of the stars of both the WNBL and NBL1, continuing to produce big numbers and play to her strengths of scoring and facilitating.
She was an integral member of the Townsville Fire‘s championship winning side, having spent three years with the team and helped build a strong level of success.
The Flames have suddenly surged into championship contention for the upcoming season, looking to overcome the off-court issues that plagued them during the past six months. However, with a fresh start and an impressive list, Sydney could push up the standings once again.
Nicholson expressed her excitement to re-join the team after continuing to develop her game elsewhere.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to come back to Sydney and play for my hometown Flames, as it gives all my friends and family the chance to watch me play each week,” said Nicholson.
“I also am really excited to see what the Flames, and Hoops Capital as a whole, is building – it’s a place, as a player, I want to be moving forward.
“Over the past few years, I’ve heard plenty of good things about the direction of the organisation and where they want to take basketball in Sydney – which is great to see as a person who grew up here.”
The Flames are building a strong list ahead of the 2023/24 season, and Nicholson should give the team a further boost as the side looks to push back into the contenders conversation.