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Joel Osborne

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Posted Friday, June 21st 2019

I have unfinished business - Thomas

Fred Thomas has revealed how the experience of not making the play-offs last season played a huge part in his decision to return for a second year with the Bristol Flyers.

Thomas has become the second player to commit to Andreas Kapoulas’ side for the 2019/20 campaign, after leading the team in scoring with 17.2 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.

But following his arrival in Bristol, it was the warm welcome from the Flyers Family that really stood out for the American forward.

“Being in Bristol was a good fit for me, it felt like a second home,” he told bristolflyers.co.uk.

"Last season felt like unfinished business, especially with us not making the play-offs. I just couldn't go out like that.”  

"That was a massive reason why I decided to come back. After previously winning a championship in Norway, I wanted to bring that competitive spirit with me to Bristol. 

"We got off to a 7-2 run at the beginning of the season, so the potential was definitely there. Everyone hits a rough patch and I think that's what happened. We tried to fight our way back at the end of the season but sadly it didn't happen.

"The fans were great - through the wins and the losses, they always stood by us. They even traveled with us on the last day of the season when our play-off hopes had already ended - that's the type of support we need to be successful next season.”

Thomas made 125 appearances for Mississippi State University during his four-year spell in NCAA Division One, posting a career average of 8.4 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.

The 26-year-old went on to sign his first professional contract in Norway with the Kongsberg Miners, where he led the side to the BNLO league title, with a record of 29-5 on the season.

Thomas also posted 1.6 steals and 1.7 blocks per contest on his way to being named Norwegian league's Defensive Player of the Year.

Speaking on his decision to return to Bristol for a second year, Thomas said: "I only spoke with Coach Kapoulas once and everything was great in the little time we had to talk.

"He said he wants me to be the number one scorer on the team this season, continuing my form from last year. 

"I’m continuing to to work on my offensive ability on over the summer, but I will still be the same pest on defence. This is the type of league I fit well in - the BBL is a physical league and it suits my game well because I'm the type of person that likes to compete on both ends of the floor.”

The deadline for 2019/20 season card renewals is at 10am on Monday, June 24th.

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