Bristol Flyers can confirm Roy Owen will return to the WISE Arena for his seventh season with the club.
Having played a key role in the Flyers’ rise into the BBL, Owen becomes the fourth player to commit to Andreas Kapoulas’ squad for the 2017/18 season.
Prior to joining the Flyers, Owen was a part of the University of Worcester’s basketball programme before a year-long spell with division one side Coventry Crusaders.
“I love playing for the Flyers, I couldn’t imagine myself playing anywhere else,” Owen told bristolflyers.co.uk.
“I can definitely see myself ending my career with the Flyers. Bristol is my home and I’ll always be a part of this club whether it’s playing, coaching or helping out in the community.
Since joining the club in 2011, Owen has matured into an effective playmaker, running the Flyers’ offence and operating as a solid point guard in the league.
"Even though my role is probably not as big as in previous years, I still felt like I had an impact in the squad,” Owen explained.
“Last season showed how important it is to have a good start. We were kind of playing catch up for the whole year and ended up having the form of a top-four team in the second half of the season - it just shows how important chemistry is in basketball.
"Knowing that a number of key members of last year's squad are coming back too is going to be such a huge head start compared to last year.
"To go from losing 11 games in a row to then having 11 straight sellouts in the same season shows that the fans have the same belief in what we are trying to achieve here in Bristol.
"They’ve stuck with us through the all the bad times and I’d love to reward them by making it to a major final and winning some silverware with the club."
The 29-year-old has also played a key role off the court, helping develop young basketball athletes at the Bristol Metropolitan Academy.
Last season, Owen coached Bristol Met to a third-placed finish at the Under-16s Dynamik National Schools Championship, with a convincing win over Durham Johnstone School in May.
“Last season was my first year of being involved with coaching at Bristol Met,” he revealed.
"The players at the academy train almost every day and it’s great because there’s a really big emphasis on class behaviour and grades.
"This year we have three of four players that are moving on to play in the basketball academy at SGS College, so I’m looking forward to following their progress with the club."
Head coach Andreas Kapoulas was pleased to have secured another core member of his Bristol Flyers squad.
"Roy has the Flyers DNA in his blood. He is a part of who we are and what we do and it's great to see him return to action for our fourth season in the BBL.
"He has really helped our team with his work rate, drive and competitiveness and I think he will play again a key role once again, on and off the court.
“Roy has given a lot to the club over the years and there is much more to come from him as we look to take another step forward with our BBL aspirations.”
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