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Joel Osborne

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Posted Tuesday, August 21st 2018

Vigor to return to Flyers following rest

Bristol Flyers can confirm Mike Vigor will return to the club at the beginning of the new year.

The Scottish International has put pen-to-paper on a new one-year deal, but has been allowed an extended rest period before linking up with the squad in January.

Vigor, 27, has spent the last seven years playing back-to-back seasons over the winter and summer months, most recently completing the summer campaign with his hometown club, the Perth Redbacks.

“I feel that it’s definitely time to have a break and rest the body,” he told bristolflyers.co.uk.

"I played in the NBL for three years and then the BBL for three years, with SBL and SEABL seasons mixed in-between over the summer.

“The two seasons would often overlap, so I’d have probably have a maximum of two weeks between ending a season in Australia and the new one beginning in England.

"Last year we won a championship in the SBL and then I came straight to Bristol, where I played in almost every game possible.

“We then made the Bronze medal game at the Commonwealth Games, so I would have probably played in over 70 games last year alone.

"I spoke to Coach Kapoulas and told him that I really wanted to come back to Bristol.

"He knew that I needed a bit of rest after I returned from the Gold Coast and having been with the Flyers for two years now, I know that I’ll be able to come in fresh and healthy with a positive mindset and ready to hit the ground running in the new year."

Vigor has been a key part of the Flyers’ rise in the BBL over the last two years, making 61 appearances and averaging 9.0 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.

He earned the Gold Coast call-up in January, where he helped his side to a fourth-place finish in the tournament, including a memorable opening victory over Coach Kapoulas’ England squad.

Prior to joining the Flyers, Vigor had a season-long spell with the Plymouth Raiders, where he made 32 appearances, averaging 11.5 points per game on 33% shooting from behind the three-point line.

“We really value what Mike brings to the Bristol Flyers, both as a player and as a person.” said head coach Andreas Kapoulas.


"He’s been playing back-to-back seasons in Australia for seven years now and with the added pressures of the Commonwealth Games this past year, we felt it was an important time for him to rest his body."

Andreas Kapoulas


"We feel that giving him a four month break will really pay off for his future career and we’re excited to have him come in at at the end of December for what will be a very important part of our season.

"He already knows our system and he’ll be ready to come in to make an impact straight away.

"The fact that he won’t be with us for the first four months of the campaign really gives an opportunity to other players like Tevin (Falzon), Marcus (Delpeche) and Dan (Edozie) to really carve their role within the squad.

"We believe that having this rest will really give him the opportunity to be at his best for the upcoming season.”