Hannah Young will be chasing her third championship in the space of 12 months when she launches into her second WNBL campaign.
Young is set to line up for her new club Townsville Fire in this weekend's season opener having won a national title with the University of Canberra Capitals in 2018-2019.
In between times Young, 26, was a key member of the Newcastle Hunters women's squad, who claimed this year's state Waratah League crown.
The Fire, starting life without retired Novocastrian, three-time Olympian and WNBL legend Suzy Batkovic, are scheduled to visit the Southside Flyers at Dandenong Stadium on Saturday.
The Flyers roster features Hamilton resident and Opals representative Leilani Mitchell, who was named WNBA most improved player in 2019 after her most recent efforts with the Phoenix Mercury.
Hunters forward and Emerging Opals member Lara McSpadden will help kick start WNBL proceedings on Friday night with her Sydney Uni Flames, now minus Newcastle's Susannah Walmsley, away to the Adelaide Lightning.
Australian junior representative and Waratah League youth league grand final MVP Chyra Evans, who attends Lambton High School, is part of the Emerging Flames squad.
Rio Olympian Katie Ebzery and fellow Novocastrian Maddie Allen are again with the Perth Lynx, who host Sydney Uni on Sunday.
Cassidy McLean is still recovering from a knee injury and doesn't return for the Bendigo Spirit.
Maitland Mustangs' Shakera Reilly has signed as a development player with defending champions the UC Capitals.