Basketball star Ali Fraser returns as Falkirk’s Fury close in on title

Ali Fraser is hoping to help Fury win a third consecutive title. Picture: Michael Gillen
Ali Fraser is hoping to help Fury win a third consecutive title. Picture: Michael Gillen
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Ali Fraser is back at Clark Eriksson Fury after a spell playing pro basketball - and he’s keen to help his first club secure another Scottish title.

Not, he says, that they need his help to secure a third league championship in a row.

The 6’7” forward ended a spell in the pro ranks with Glasgow Rocks and has signed with his hometown Fury until the end of the season.

“It’s nice to be back at Fury again – even though I’m not sure when I’ll be back playing,” he told Heraldsport.

The past six months in the British league have been difficult with a torn meniscus keeping him out since he moved back to Scotland from a spell in Germany with Gotha Rockets.

Now though, he’s aiming for a return to court in the next month.

However that means he will sit out Sunday’s big match between his past and present teams.

“I hope Falkirk win,” he laughed, “but I don’t hold out much hope - especially with Jonny Bunyan playing for the Rocks and not for Fury. However, stranger things have happened.”

The final paperwork over the switch is being finalised and after two operations in August and November he’s just looking forward to returning to the court.

“I’ve been out a while so getting back playing is the main thing for me, it’s a homecoming of sorts I suppose.

“Once I’m fit I’ll maybe try to get back out to Germany – everything in their basketball was incredibly efficient. I enjoyed it a lot.”