Dominique Allen and Chantelle Handy have become the latest member of Great Britain women’s team to find jobs overseas. But the picture elsewhere is mixed for the Olympic squad.
Allen, fresh out of Oral Roberts University, has joined Italian D2 club Libertas Bologna for her rookie season despite failing to play at single minute at London 2012. The move should give the Midlands-born centre an opportunity to build a career in Europe.
Handy has switched from Greece to Turkey, signing for top division side Mersin in a league which is threatening Spain and Russia’s supremacy.
Azania Stewart is starting her rookie pro campaign with Spanish Liga Femenina club Tintos de Toro Caja Rural, who are looking to move up the standings.
Of those staying put, Rachel Vanderwal has returned to Ireland’s University of Limerick off a MVP season while Temi Fagbenle is making a belated debut at Harvard fresh from a brilliant summer with GB. And Stef Collins is set to return to spearhead Cardiff Archers defence of their EBL title.
Elsewhere, there are mixed fortunes. Kim Butler is thought to have retired, having returned to Washington State to plan her wedding.
Julie Page, having rejected a return to Polish club Torun, is still awaiting a fresh deal for this season while Nat Stafford is no longer on a WNBL roster, having left the Sydney University Flames.
Jeneya Wade-Fray and Jo Leedham are lso currently club-less while Rose Anderson, who was expected to join a side in the French League, is understood to have remained instead in the USA, leaving her future in the sport uncertain.
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