The Launceston Tornadoes will be without their 2016 MVP with Ally Wilson deciding to return home to South Australia for the 2017 season.
The club announced Wilson’s departure on their Facebook page thanking her for her contribution to the club, community and their program during the past three years.
“Ally is an amazing player and a nightmare for any opposing team with a deadly shot, unreal athleticism and speed that is matched by very few and to top it off is an even better person off the court.
“We wish you all the best in your return home to South Australia and the Eastern Mavericks in the CABL competition.
“You will be sorely missed Al, but our door is always open to comeback anytime and don't forget....once a Torn Always a Torn!,” the post read.
Tornadoes coach Reece Potter said Wilson leaving would leave a “massive hole to fill.”
“It has been on her mind for a while and she was even contemplating last year going back home to be with her family.
“She has been away from home since she was 15 or 16 and first went to the AIS and she is now 23 and has played in Canberra, Sydney, Townsville and Launceston for three seasons.
“It is really good for her to be able to go home and be with her family for an extended period of time so I am really happy for her and proud that she played for our club for such a long period of time.”
Potter welcomed the re-signing of Lauren Mansfield and Mikaela Ruef for 2017 as unrestricted players and said the club was looking at a third recruit but would not decide until January in order to fit in with the SEABL restricted player conditions.