Former captain back in Pioneers colours

Former captain back in Pioneers colours

The Castec Rural Pioneers will welcome back a familiar face when they hit the court for this year’s NBL1 South Conference season.

The Pioneers have re-signed their three-time championship player and former club captain, 32-year-old Tom Daly, which is a boost for the club as it finalises strong squads for its men’s and women’s teams.

Daly was a highly successful Pioneer for nine seasons, including five seasons as an inspirational captain and was regularly recognised as the team’s best player on the court.

He also played 55 matches for the Adelaide 36ers earlier in his career.

Daly is returning to the court after not playing in the 2023 NBL1 season.

The Castec Rural Pioneers Head Coach Richard Hill acknowledged that Daly has been an integral part of the Pioneers’ previous successes and remains perfectly placed to help the club to further triumphs.

“It’s tremendous news for the club that our former captain and three-time SEABL champion is returning to the team,” Hill said.

“Tom will bring his familiar skillset, toughness and leadership and is working extremely hard to get back to his brilliant best.”

The Castec Rural Pioneers and OneFortyOne Pioneers are scheduled to play their first game in the 2024 NBL1 South season against Sandringham Sabres on April 6.

Their first home game at Wulanda will be against Frankston Blues on Saturday, April 13.

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