Albury-Wodonga Bandits have lured an exciting point guard back to their roster for the 2021 NBL1 season.
Former Adelaide 36ers development player Bijan Johnson has recommitted to the Border outfit after signing with the men's team last year.
The 23-year-old American, who has spent recent years in South Australia, only received a taste of preseason training in Albury before the COVID-19 pandemic saw the season cancelled.
Coach Brad Chalmers said the Bandits were happy to have Johnson back on board.
"He was certainly one that we wanted to come back," Chalmers said.
"After having him here for a short period of time, even though it was only preseason, I think he enjoyed Albury.
"After the time off I've heard some good things about the work he's put in to try and keep himself moving in the right direction.
"Hopefully we're getting an even better version of him."
At six foot, Johnson is set to be an asset at both ends of the floor.
"He's someone that can score, is a pretty creative passer and goes after the defensive end," Chalmers said.
"I think he'll be a nice fit around some of the other locals we have here."
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The Bandits have also welcomed back Border products Jacob Cincurak and Bailey Lloyd.
"Those two particularly have worked really hard," Chalmers said.
Long-time Bandit Josh McKay is also set to return to the court this season, while North East Bushranger Liam Wright will make the step up from the Big V competition.
Former Nunawading NBL1 player Jack Saunders has also joined after the osteopath's recent move to the Border.
"It was good to grab him and he'll be a nice addition as well," Chalmers said.
The Bandits will play a preseason match against Bendigo in Wodonga this weekend.
It's been a while between games for the Border team, who have only had each other to play against.
"It's been such a long time since anyone has played competitively," Chalmers said.
"We haven't got full teams, but we're just keen to get a run against some competition.
"It's just to get the rust off."
The Albury-Wodonga Bandits' women's team will welcome back Matt Paps as head coach this season.
Paps missed his first year at the helm of the side due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He'll be joined by assistant coach Mark Roffey, while Lisa Townsend will coach the Youth League women's side.