PLYMOUTH Raiders have agreed to release club captain Josh Wilcher from his contract for family reasons.
The Australian point-guard was in his second spell with the BBL club and still had a year left on his deal.
Club director Richard Mollard said on behalf of the club: “As both a fan and a director of the club, I join everyone in being disappointed at Josh’s departure, but fully understand and support his decision.
“He’s been brilliant for the club on and off the court, and although the phrase ‘fans’ favourite’ is sometimes overused, this certainly describes the way we all feel about Josh.
“Once a Raider, always a Raider, Josh leaves us but will always be considered a huge part of the club’s history and will always be welcomed back to the Plymouth Pavilions.
“On behalf of everyone at the Club, I wish Josh, and his wife Sadie, a very happy and successful future.”
Wilcher said: “Hey Raiders fans, I just wanted to thank you all for supporting me these past two seasons. Unfortunately, a move away for my family and I means I won’t be back next season.
“It’s been a pleasure to be back playing for you guys and representing Plymouth again.
“I’ve loved seeing all the friendly faces and as always enjoyed the passion that you all bring to the Pavilions.
“You guys have very exciting times ahead of you with Plymouth basketball!
“Thanks to everyone involved in the club, fans, players, staff, sponsors and directors for making my time in Plymouth so enjoyable. I have many memories, which will last a lifetime.”
Following the recent announcement of the cancellation of the 2019-20 season, Raiders now preparing for the start of the 2020-21 season in September and hope to be in a position to announce information about season tickets later this week.