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Joel Osborne


Posted Wednesday, August 28th 2019

Former Flyers academy player signs Italian pro contract

Former SGS Basketball Academy player Corey Samuels has signed his first professional contract with A.S.D Castanea Basket 2010.

The 19-year-old guard will compete in the fifth tier of Italian basketball for the 2019/20 campaign.

Samuels came through the Flyers’ player pathway, before transferring to the Preston-based Myerscough basketball academy in 2018.

Speaking to, Samuels said: “This has been the ultimate goal for a long time.

“Partway into the year, I promised myself that by the end of the season I would sign somewhere - whether that be a collegiate letter or a professional contract.

“I believe the best option for me was to start my career professionally and I can’t wait to get to business. I still have goals to accomplish, but this is a key milestone and certainly one I won’t forget.”

SGS Basketball Academy head coach Chris Bourne added: "Corey has grown up through all the age groups of the Bristol Flyers programme and it has been a pleasure to watch him develop as a player and a person, both on and off the court.

"He and his family will always be a part of our club and we excited to follow his progress as he takes this next step in his basketball career."