TWO mainstays of the Cheshire Jets roster have once more signed up for the forthcoming campaign.
Head coach Paul Smith has retained Richard Murphy as player/assistant coach and has also kept Phil Brandreth on-board for the 2010-11 BBL Championship season.
This will be Murphy’s seventh consecutive year with the Northgate Arena outfit and the 32-year-old was a key signature for Smith.
“It’s good to have ‘Murph’ in the squad again,” he said. “As my assistant his work in the community and with the younger age groups is an essential part of the way in which we are developing the club and he provides a link with the last time the Jets picked up some silverware – something which we are determined to repeat in the not too distant future!”
The 6ft Liverpool-born guard has played for the Jets since 2003 and has won the BBL Trophy and the BBL Championship with the team.
Brandreth is the other key man. Just coming into his prime, the 6ft 1in forward, 25, represented England Universities last year and first signed up for the Jets in 2003 before studying at Mount Aloysius College in Pennsylvania.
The Chester-born player returned to the Jets in 2007 and has been part of the squad ever since.
“Phil is the really good example of what we want to achieve here at the Jets,” said Smith. “A player who came to our training sessions and events while he was still at school, who showed some promise, took some advice and went to the US to study and returned to use what he has learned to benefit his local team.
“He can be an inspiration to other locally-born youngsters.”
These two signings mean the Jets’ squad currently has seven players, with Colin O’Reilly, Calvin Davis, Stephen Gayle and newcomers Chris Commons and Matt Schneck.