City of Edinburgh announce a blockbuster set of homecoming signings as SBC rolls round the corner.
A busy summer it seemed out West and in the Central belt has been overshadowed by an Eastern swoop of talent, as players return from around the nation to the Capital.
City of Edinburgh Basketball Club have announced their signing of 6 senior players that all return to the club after time away playing elsewhere. An all academic trio return to the Kings as Matt Wilcox returns from The University of Aberdeen, Doug Leslie leaves Dundee University and most notably Finlay Wood who kitted up for Essex University as well as the Essex Leopards in the English NBL.
Joining the new signings is newly appointed head coach Patrick Campbell who takes the reins from Craig Nicol – who steps into the top job with the Senior Women. Campbell steps into his first coaching job after retiring from playing at the end of last season and said on his own return and his squad,
It’s great to be back at the Club. The Club gave me so much over my 24 years as a player and I’m grateful to be given the chance to give back and help develop what is looking like an excellent squad. We’ve got great depth, balance and a real mix of youth and experience. We’ve had a great pre-season and I’m really excited about the season, which should be one of the most competitive leagues in recent memory.Patrick Campbell, Edinburgh Kings
On the Women’s side, the Scottish Cup holders will be boosted by the return of Shannon Purves and Holly Gordon. The most notable signing of the 6-player hall is former GB U20 and Pro Hannah Peacock who returns to her youth club after stepping up to the WBBL with Caledonia Pride.
Craig Nicol spoke on his side, saying –
I’m really excited to be coaching the Women’s team and the team is shaping up really well. We’ve got a wealth of experience to build on and the players we have got returning will only make us a more deeper and stronger unit. We’ll continue the Club philosophy of bringing in young players by giving them the opportunity to show what they can do at Senior level.Craig Nicol