Lauren Jackson to make WNBL return with Southside Flyers

First Lauren Jackson returned to the Opals, now she is back in the WNBL.

The Southside Flyers will announce Jackson’s signing on Wednesday morning with the 41-year-old legend returning to the Australian league for the first time since injuries forced her to leave the Canberra Capitals midway through the 2016 season.

Lauren Jackson is back for the Opals.

Lauren Jackson is back for the Opals.Credit:Getty Images

Jackson has been named on the final roster for the Opals side for the FIBA Women’s World Cup in Sydney in September, and she will aim to jump from that tournament into the new WNBL season which begins on November 3.

Jackson re-emerged from retirement to resume training late last year before playing in the second-tier NBL1 East competition this season with her hometown Albury-Wodonga Bandits team where she has dominated against semi-professional players.

Her form saw her recalled to the Opals in the lead-up to the world cup, and she played well enough to earn a place on the side that face a very difficult group in the World Cup with Japan, France and Serbia – three of the four medal round teams from the Tokyo Olympics – all due to play the home nation.


Jackson will give the Flyers much-needed size and experience following the retirement of Rachel Jarry.

The Flyers have already announced Rebecca Cole, Sara Blicavs and Maddy Rocci have re-signed for this season and the team will move its home games from Dandenong Stadium to the State Basketball Centre at Wantirna South.

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