Plymouth Raiders have confirmed they have agreed to a request from Josh Wilcher that he be released from the remaining year of his contract, due to family reasons.
Josh departs after his second spell with the Club, following his return in 2018, and he will be sorely missed by the Club and fans alike.
Upon returning to the Club, Josh took up the role of Club Captain, leading the team to their first Playoff position in six seasons, knocking off the number one seed, London Lions, before finally being narrowly beaten over two legs in the Semi-Finals by the second seed, Leicester Riders.
Josh played all 35 games that season, averaging 16.89pts and 5.71 assists in 35 minutes per game.
Despite some struggles with injuries this past campaign, Josh was still the talisman for the club, and kept his impressive scoring average of 16pts per game.
In a personal message to the fans, Wilcher said, “I just wanted to thank you all for supporting me these past two seasons. Unfortunately, a move away for my family and I means I won’t be back next season.
“It’s been a pleasure to be back playing for you guys and representing Plymouth again. I’ve loved seeing all the friendly faces and as always enjoyed the passion that you all bring to the Pavilions.
“You guys have very exciting times ahead of you with Plymouth basketball. Thanks to everyone involved in the Club, fans, players, staff, sponsors and directors for making my time in Plymouth so enjoyable. Many memories, which will last a lifetime.”
Club Director, Richard Mollard, added, “As both a fan and a Director of the Club, I join everyone in being disappointed at Josh’s departure, but fully understand and support his decision.
“He’s been brilliant for the Club on and off the court, and although the phrase ‘fans favourite’ is sometimes overused, this certainly describes the way we all feel about Josh.
“Once a Raider, always a Raider, Josh leaves us but will always be considered a huge part of the Club’s history and will always be welcomed back to the Plymouth Pavilions.
“On behalf of everyone at the Club, I wish Josh, and his wife Sadie, a very happy and successful future.”
Following the recent announcement of the cancellation of the 2019-20 season, the Club is now preparing for the start of the 2020-21 season in September and hopes to be in a position to announce information about Season Tickets later this week.