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Basketball star Lauren Jackson suits up again in WNBL

Australian basketball great Lauren Jackson has recovered from an achilles injury and will re-join the Southside Flyers in the WNBL this season at the age of 42.


Lauren Jackson looks on ahead of the WNBL Semi Final Game 1 between the Melbourne Boomers and the Southside Flyers at Melbourne Sports Stadium in Melbourne

Australian basketball legend Lauren Jackson will extend her remarkable career for at least one more WNBL season.


The 42-year-old has recovered from an achilles injury sustained in February and will suit up again for the Melbourne-based Southside Flyers when the new season starts on November 1.


"I've worked hard on rehab and feeling ready to get on court again, so I'm really excited about being out there with a great group of players and a fantastic club," Jackson said in a statement.


Jackson said the increased focus on women's sport in Australia - largely on the back of the Matildas' soccer World Cup performances - had played a role in her decision to return to the court.

"If me being part of the WNBL again inspires even one girl or woman to play, or to get involved in basketball, or to come along to see a game, I'll be really happy," she said.


WNBL boss Christy Collier-Hill welcomed Jackson's return.


"Lauren Jackson is quite simply the GOAT (greatest of all-time) and we are beyond excited to have her back," Collier-Hill said.


"It's just incredible to think she won her first WNBL title 24 years ago."


A four-time Olympian, Jackson is a four-time MVP and five-time championship winner in the WNBL.


She also made a huge mark in the United States, where she was a seven-time WNBA All-Star.


Jackson led Seattle Storm to two WNBA championships and was a three-time MVP in the world's best league.


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