Taylor is back …

31/01/2024

Storm fans; get excited because Storm can officially confirm former man Taylor Johnson has re-signed for the club until the end of the current season. Following the recent departure of Seth Swalve to pursue an overseas opportunity, the club acted swiftly to bring in Johnson as a replacement, to ensure the side remain competitive in what is an important period within the season.

The vastly experienced 6’ 4” guard needs little introduction to the Storm fanbase, having been a concrete part of the club’s furniture throughout his 2-year spell at the club from 2021 up to 2023. In the 2022-23 season, Johnson claimed MVP titles in all three major finals won by the team, in a series of inspired performances helping to push his side onto an unprecedented unbeaten season. He was a key part of the club from top-to-toe; a true fan-favourite embracing his role as a community coach and through his personable off-court character. The American departed at the end of the 22-23 campaign, moving into the BBL with Plymouth City Patriots and was very much at home on the bigger stage by averaging 17 points and 1.6 steals per game (both top 5 in the league), often taking control of the game in a fashion familiar to any Storm fan.

Along with the recent capture of Darien Nelson-Henry, Storm look to be in good shape for what is proving to be a fascinating Division 1 season, and with a growing sense of cohesion and togetherness in the side, there is a strong belief they will be right up there, competing till the season’s close with an eye on unsettling the early pace-setters and making their mark for the Manchester playoffs in April, where they will be keen to defend their title.

Hemel Storm Head Coach Mark Clark commented “We welcome Taylor back at a critical stage of our season and I look forward to working with him and helping him during the coming weeks as he prepares for the next professional chapter in his career. Not surprisingly, he has settled in quickly and he and Darien are working well with the rest of our talented roster, and we are all excited about the challenges ahead of us”.

Johnson’s first game back will be in Worthing this Saturday, with him returning home to the StormDome on February 24th against Bradford Dragons. Storm will need your backing as the remainder of the campaign unfolds, so make sure you free up your Saturday nights and get yourself down to the StormDome to push them on and welcome back a familiar face, as they bid to continue rising up the table! Tickets for home games are available now online – www.stormbasketball.net.

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