28/11/2023

29-year-old Paige Bradley signs with the Sydney Flames. (Image: Sydney Flames)

The Sydney Flames have announced their first import player, Texas-born point guard Paige Bradley for the WNBL24 season.

Bradley becomes the ninth player on the roster, joining a very experienced and talented side which boasts the services of Opals Cayla George, Tess Madgen and Lauren Nicholson as well as young stars Shaneice Swain, Kiera Rowe and Emma Clarke.

She is a great recruit, spending a period of time playing in the New Zealand competition with Dunedin, with the highlight being named in the All-Star five.

The 29-year-old has enjoyed her experiences in Australia, having played for Hobart in the NBL1 for two seasons.

“To get an opportunity like this is massive and a dream come true,” Bradley said.

“It really feels like the Flames are a perfect fit for me.”

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The experience Bradley has accumulated in her career so far created confidence that she can be a massive contributor to the Flames already.

โ€œIโ€™m hoping to bring plenty of experience and organisation to the point guard position, as well as composure and calmness on the court,โ€ Bradley said.

Offensively, Bradley is a score-first player who has been able to provide a passing game and put her teammates in the best position to score and win games.

On the defensive end, Bradley’s next step is to be able to be disruptive to their opponents’ best ball handler.

โ€œWhatever role they have for me, Iโ€™m willing to do it, to ensure this team can be the best version of itself, on and off the court.โ€  

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