Ipswich Force captain James Legan.
Ipswich Force captain James Legan. Inga Williams

Ipswich captain keen to stay in Queensland

LIKE Ipswich's head coach Mick Conlon, Force captain James Legan is considering his state league future.

However, the popular American import is keen to play on having made Australia his second home.

"I love Queensland man,'' the Houston-based shooting guard said.

"I want to be in Queensland. That's my biggest thing. I've created a following here.

"I love the support.''

Legan, 29, has just completed his third season with the Force after the previous three years playing for Toowoomba.

"Ideally, I want to stay,'' he said.

"Hopefully Mickie stays on and the group stays together and we can try to win next year.

"I've been in Mickie's ear. It would be disappointing for this group of guys if he's not the coach.

"We all want to play for Mick.''

Although disappointed Force lost their recent quarter-final to Brisbane, Legan believes the Ipswich side has plenty to offer next season.

"We improved dramatically,'' Legan said.

"That's what you want to see, year in, year out.''

Legan regularly led his team's scoring with 30 plus points.

The Force captain said Ipswich's previous road trip win over Rockhampton highlighted the potential of the side.

"That was a testament to our attitude and what we could do,'' he said.

"To go to Rockhampton and play in front of that crazy crowd and win in overtime showed the heart and will of the guys. We played as a team.''

After winning two most valuable player awards during the season, Legan is confident he has more to contribute to which side he lines up for next season.

"It's my best season in the QBL so far,'' he said.

"A lot of guys are joking with me about being 29 . . . like the old man.

"But I'm in my prime.

"I couldn't have done it without my teammates. A big shout out to those guys.''

Legan said he would take some time to assess his future.

"We'll see. Everything is still up in the air,'' he said.

He plans to remain in South East Queensland completing some coaching commitments until October before his annual return to the US.

From there, he'll confirm his future basketball direction.