Launceston Tornadoes have announced the re-signing of Australian representative Keely Froling.
Hot on the heels of head coach Sarah Veale signing on for another year, the news positions the club for another tilt at the NBL1 South title after this season was cancelled due to COVID.
Despite the cancellation, Froling had a stunning year.
The 25-year-old Queensland-born forward and team captain, travelled to Austria to play in the World 3x3 Championships for Australia, was called up by the Opals, broke the record for most points in an NBL1 game (52) and recently won the Tornadoes' most valuable player award.
"I'm so excited to be back with the Torns for next season," said Froling, who won a WNBL championship with Canberra Capitals in 2019.
"Sare, the team, the club and the community are the best in the NBL1 so it was an easy decision. I can't wait to actually get an entire season in and go for that championship."
Veale said Froling was pivotal to the team's ambitions.
"Keely dominated the NBL1 South competition in 2021 and I am really proud to announce that she wants to put on the Tornadoes' top again in 2022," she said.
"Keely has proven she is an absolute difference-maker, certainly a rare talent and impacts both ends of the court. Her leadership has played a critical role in building our culture and she epitomises the values that our club upholds.
"There are no limitations to what Keely will be able to do in her career, and for her to choose to continue to be with us again to play a part in her reaching her dreams is inspirational for us, our club and community. I can't speak highly enough of Keely and know that with her leading our group again, we are in a great position to fight for the championship in 2022."
Torns chairman Neil Grose said Froling had "captured and inspired a whole community".
"While this is great news for our on-court performance, it is also excellent news for local basketball as Keely will again play a pivotal role in local junior development," he said.
"Keely was recruited for her basketball talent and her outstanding leadership skills which inspires and mentors our developing local players.
"Keely's growth in performance and selection in national teams is testament to the Tornadoes coaching and basketball program and we are extraordinarily excited to continue this mutually beneficial relationship."
The Tornadoes were setting in fifth place with 10 wins and four losses when the season was called off.