Pressley hoping to cap incredible comeback year with Play-Offs title

Chantelle Pressley has already had a successful season and it could get even better at The O2 Arena.

The England and Great Britain international did not play last season after tearing her ACL whilst training at home following a spell in Germany, but has made a triumphant return to action in 2017-18.

“I was set to play in the Czech Republic for the 2016-2017 season but after getting an MIR I was informed that I needed surgery and would not be able to play.

“So I worked an office job back in the States while rehabbing and working out with my personal trainer to get back to full strength.

“I did not tell anyone about the injury in fear that it would make it more difficult for me to get picked up by a team for the upcoming season.

“I contacted Len [Busch] in the summer of 2017 and explained what had happened and asked if he would have me back. The rest was history.

“I could not have imagined a better comeback story – it’s insane really.”

Pressley is hoping to add the Play-Offs title to cap an incredible year that already includes earning a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games, a league title and a place on the WBBL All-British Team of the Year.

The Suns are the defending champions having beaten Nottingham Wildcats last year and Pressley is motivated to help her side repeat that success.

“I’m looking forward to the Final at The O2,” Pressley said.

“I have always dreamed of winning a Finals Championship and we have that opportunity on Sunday.

“In September, when I first got back with Suns, I watched the 2017 Final with Len, Cat [Carr], Ta’Yani [Clark] and Renee [Busch].

“They commented about the experience and what was going on in the game – it was definitely exciting to hear about and watch – I wanted in on the action.

“As a team, one of our goals was to keep getting better throughout the season and be the best team come May 20.”

You can watch Suns take on Leicester Riders LIVE on BBC Sport from 1:30pm, tomorrow.