Warwick Wildcats preparing for Southern Basketball League

THE Subway Warwick Wildcats squad is training each Thursday night in preparation for the Southern Basketball League.

The SBL is the new name for the QBL Development League (D-League) in which Warwick finished sixth in a 15-team competition in its first season in 2012.

This competition provides an avenue for high-level competition for young developing players looking to move into the Queensland Basketball League, players at their pinnacle, and players who have stepped down from elite competition.

More than 25 men's and women's teams from South-East Queensland will compete in the SBL from May, with two separate divisions to be introduced to the league in 2014, to further enrich the competitive nature of the league.

While the draw hasn't been finalised, Wildcats coach Jeff Clark expects the Wildcats will play their first pre-season games in mid-April.

"We have a squad of 14, including two players who played for Toowoomba team Protech in the regional league last year," Clark said.

The Toowoomba players are Dave Fitzgerald and Jesse Pike.

There are two more prospective players still to be confirmed.

Clark said places in his squad were filling quickly.

"I am happy with the squad we have so far, any new players better get in quickly," Clark said.

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