BACK IN ACTION: The return of guard Zarryon Fereti to the Force has given the club a boost for 2014.
BACK IN ACTION: The return of guard Zarryon Fereti to the Force has given the club a boost for 2014. Claudia Baxter

Guard's return proves a huge boost

THE Ipswich Force's 2014 prospects have been given a huge boost by the return of former Force guard Zarryon Fereti.

Fereti's signing follows that of former Toowoomba guard, US import James Legan.

The two guards will seriously boost the team's point-scoring arsenal in 2014 and should ensure the Force improves drastically on last season.

"He's been one of the top five scorers in the league last year," Force men's coach Andrew Summerville said of Fereti.

"We've got two of last year's leading scorers

"So scoring power is something we have this year."

While Legan is a shooting guard, Fereti is more of a combo-guard, giving the Force both the point-scoring potential and the balance they lacked last season.

"We have an offence suited to shooting," Summerville said.

"But last year we didn't have guys who could consistently score the ball.

"So we needed to find talented players who could score the ball."

Both players averaged more than 20 points a game last season while the Force didn't have a single player average 20 or more.

Fereti has had two previous stints with Ipswich, but played for Bundaberg last season, despite the Force's best efforts to retain him.

"We wanted him back last year," Summerville said.

"But we were unable to match the offer Bundy made him.

"This year we were able to talk to him. He saw the potential of him and James playing together and wanted to be part of it.

"I'm sure the Ipswich Force fans will be excited to see them playing together."

It is great news for the Force fans if they can remain uninjured, but Summerville would not be drawn into how the new additions would help the Force on the QBL ladder in 2014.

Last year, the lack of scoring options and injuries saw them struggle, finishing 12th on the 13-team ladder.

"I'm not one of those guys who comes out and says 'we're going to do this' or 'we're going to do that'," Summerville said.

"We've got to put our processes in place first.

"The plan is obviously to be more successful than last year.

"We knew last year was going to be about rebuilding because we had lost nine players and had some season-ending injuries.

"So I'll think we'll go well above that this season. We definitely want to be part of the play-offs but we'll have to see how we piece things together before we make any predictions."

Zarryon Fereti

  • Height: 192cm
  • Age: 29
  • Position: Guard
  • Previous clubs: Bundaberg (QBL), Sandringham (SEABL), Koeln (Germany), St Bonaventure University (US).
  • School: Terrigal (NSW)